They can’t take out the trash or do the dishes, but a recent Harvard Medical School report suggests that dogs — including those living with their owners in Harvard’s Houses — can have a very healthy influence on their fellow residents.The report, titled “Get Healthy, Get a Dog,” highlights the many health and social benefits of having a dog, including reducing stress, becoming more active, and promoting social connections.While students are not allowed to bring their own dogs to campus, select residents such as proctors, resident tutors, and Housemasters are allowed to welcome certain types of pets.Here we meet a few prominent members of Harvard’s canine community, and learn from Elizabeth Pegg Frates, clinical assistant professor at the Medical School, how they might be a wonderful addition to any community.
Georgia made it through September without much dramatic weather. Temperatures across the state were normal, but rainfall was light. The areas that received the most rainfall were affected by the remains of Hurricane Isaac in the first week of September. In Atlanta the average temperature for the month was 74.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees above normal). Across the state, average temperatures ranged from 72.6 degrees in Athens (0.7 degrees below normal), to 76.8 degrees in Columbus (0.2 above normal), to 75.3 degrees in Macon (0.8 below normal), to 77 degrees in Savannah (0.1 above normal), to 79.1 degrees in Brunswick (1 above normal), to 77.4 degrees in Alma (0.3 above normal) and 73.8 degrees in Augusta (0.8 below normal). No temperature or precipitation records were set during September. Most of September’s rain was tied to the remains of Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall in Louisiana on August 28. The center of Isaac moved slowly north, up the Mississippi River valley over the following week, which continued to bring warm moist air into Georgia and spawned some bands of heavy rain. When Isaac entered the Ohio River valley, it split into two circulation centers. A small piece of Isaac then moved south towards Georgia, sparking additional isolated showers for the next few days. The highest monthly total precipitation reported by National Weather Service stations was 4.88 inches in Athens (0.94 inches above normal) and the lowest was in Atlanta with 1.37 inches (3.1 inches below normal). Savannah received 2.86 inches (1.72 inches below normal), Columbus received 3.6 inches (0.54 above normal), Alma received 2.19 inches (1.45 below normal), Augusta received 1.84 inches (1.38 inches below normal), Macon received 2.71 inches (0.88 below normal) and Brunswick received 2.86 inches (2.9 below normal). The highest single-day rainfall reported by Community Collaborative Rain, Snow and Hail Network reporters was 3.9 inches observed 5 miles southwest of Valdosta in Lowndes County on September 21. Two other nearby observers reported 3.8 and 3.23 inches at their respective locations. One of the Valdosta stations also had the highest monthly total of 8.88 inches. Other high monthly totals included 8.86 inches observed northeast of Dillard in Rabun County and 8.49 inches in Trenton, Ga., in Dade County. Severe weather was reported on six out of 31 days in August. All of the reports were for widely scattered wind damage. Drought conditions stabilized in September, with only slight changes over the month. Rain impeded harvest in some locations, while in other areas farmers were hoping for more rain to improve pasture conditions.
The death toll in China from the coronavirus epidemic rose to 1,483 on Friday, while more than 64,600 had been infected across the country, AFP reported.The Health Ministry’s biomedical research center head, Vivi Setiawaty, said her office had followed the WHO’s procedures for examining samples from patients suspected of being infected with the virus.“Every country in the world tests the samples in level-two biosafety labs. We have not deviated from the guidelines set by the WHO,” Vivi said in a recently issued statement.She added that the ministry’s biomedical research center was equipped with level-2 and level-3 biosafety laboratories, as well as a biorepository laboratory to store genetic materials and clinical samples from patients. The equipment and staff in the facility have been certified by the UN health body. As questions begin to be asked about the government’s claim there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Health Ministry has maintained that it is following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) testing standards.Indonesia has not recorded a single confirmed COVID-19 case, despite the high number of Chinese tourists who have visited the country in recent months and the fact that direct flights previously connected Wuhan – the epicenter of the viral outbreak – and several cities in Indonesia. Read also: ‘It’s only a model’: Health Ministry dismisses Harvard study on potential coronavirus spread in Indonesia“Officials from the WHO conduct a quality assurance of our lab every year,” Vivi said.Vivi explained the three steps the lab took to examine samples from patients. After receiving at least three samples from a patient, staff extract the ribonucleic acid (RNA).They then mix the acid with reagents to examine it through a process called reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR), in which the scientists use nucleic acid amplification to determine whether the sample contains the coronavirus or its DNA.The sample will show a sigmoid-curve if it is positive for the coronavirus and a horizontal curve if negative.The ministry had received 77 samples from 16 provinces across the country as of Thursday. So far, 71 coronavirus samples have tested negative, while the remaining six are still being examined. Topics :
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Guyana Jaguars’ rocky start to the Regional Super50 Cup continued here Saturday when they went down by six wickets to Group B hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.Sent in at Queen’s Park Oval, Jaguars could only muster 187 for nine after an extended rain break during the innings forced a reduction in overs to 43.Similar to their opening match against West Indies Emerging Players, Jaguars again struggled in the batting department and Jonathan Foo’s cameo 36 off 31 balls at number seven, proved the top score.Ramaal Lewis chipped in with 28 from 17 balls, West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer struck a patient 26 while Christopher Barnwell (24) and Leon Johnson (22) both got starts but failed to carry on.Fast bowler Anderson Phillip stood out for Red Force, claiming four for 44 from nine overs.Red Force then made light work of the modest target, with Tion Webster stroking a career-best 87 off 60 balls to set up the comfortable victory.His opening partner Jeremy Solozano extended his good form with 39 while Jason Mohammed struck 28 and West Indies left-hander Darren Bravo finished on 26 not out.The defeat for Jaguars was their first in two games following their narrow win over Emerging Players while Red Force won their second in as many outings.Jaguars never found their footing and lost wickets regularly, to find themselves labouring on 91 for five at the end of the 28th over.Foo and then Reifer came to their side’s rescue, featuring in successive partnerships to push Guyana beyond the 150-run mark.First, Foo blasted two fours and sixes as he inspired a 49-run sixth wicket stand with Reifer, who then put on a further 34 for the seventh wicket with Lewis.In reply, Webster took the game away from Jaguars with an audacious knock which included 11 fours and three sixes. More importantly, he staged a 124-run opening stand with Solozano, who hit four fours in a 55-ball innings.Both departed in the space of 12 balls and when Kyle Hope also perished cheaply for four, Red Force were stumbling slightly at 134 for three in the 23rd over.However Bravo, fresh off an unbeaten hundred in the opening game, punched two fours in a 49-ball innings as he put on 47 for the fourth wicket with Mohammed to effectively erase any doubt over the result.In the other Group B fixture at the Brian Lara Stadium, Joshua DaSilva struck an unbeaten 62 off 44 deliveries to pull Emerging Players out of trouble and lift them to a six-wicket win over United States.Chasing 110 for victory, Emerging Players were in strife at 25 for four in the sixth over but DaSilva hit seven fours and two sixes to inspire an 85-run, unbroken fifth wicket partnership with Yannic Cariah (24 not out), to take his side home in the 18th over.
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