With radiation, worries about food

first_imgThis is another part in a series about Harvard’s deep ties to Asia.TOKYO — Perched on the Tokyo waterfront is one of the world’s largest fish markets, featuring a daily frenzy of buying and selling that starts well before dawn and wraps up by midmorning, with the early start guaranteeing that seafood gets to consumers while it’s still fresh.The market is an urban wonder, drawing buyers and tourists alike to see its dazzling array of sea life, from crabs to clams to tuna to eel and more. Nearby is a similar fruit and vegetable market, where visitors wind through alleys of stacked boxes packed with lettuce, asparagus, oranges, lemons, and other produce, destined for the table and ready to be loaded into waiting vans and trucks as soon as they’re sold.The mammoth market generates a frenetic energy, driven by the need for speed to deliver the perishables at their freshest. But the problem of feeding one of the world’s largest cities is not just one of commerce and logistics. In the wake of the nuclear disasters at Fukushima two years ago today, many Japanese are worried about radiation in the food they serve to their families.Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna, a doctoral student in social anthropology at Harvard, has been living in Japan since 2011, trying to better understand people’s perceptions of food safety.Following a titanic earthquake and resulting tsunami on March 11, 2011, cooling systems for the Fukushima nuclear plant were knocked offline and the reactor melted, spreading a plume of radiation across the countryside that reached as far as Tokyo, more than 100 miles south.In Cambridge, Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, together with several other Japanese-oriented programs and student groups, played a key role in coordinating the University’s response to the disaster. The institute provided resources for students and other affiliates with family members in harm’s way and acted as a coordinating center for local response, which included benefit concerts, a program of seminars and discussions about the disasters and Japanese society’s response, and supporting students planning reconstruction in the fishing port of Minami Sanriku-cho.The institute is also supporting several major research initiatives, including creation of the Japan Disasters of 2011 Digital Archives, under the direction of Andrew Gordon, Folger Fund Professor of History. The archives benefited from close collaboration with Japanese libraries and research institutes to create an easily accessible collection of digital media documenting the events of March 11 and beyond.When the quake and tsunami struck, Sternsdorff Cisterna was on Harvard’s Cambridge campus. He had just handed in the prospectus for his doctoral work on food safety in Japan. At the time, it didn’t include anything about radiation.Sternsdorff Cisterna and his doctoral adviser, Theodore Bestor, the Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and director of the Reischauer Institute, immediately realized that the accident made food safety an enormous issue, and shifted his research plan to focus on radiation before he went to Japan several months later.“I had to start a little bit from scratch,” Sternsdorff Cisterna said. “It took a while for me to find contacts in Fukushima.”Bestor, himself an expert on Japanese food and culture and the author of “Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World,” said Sternsdorff Cisterna’s research is important not just in Japan, but worldwide, because it addresses such complex problems.“He had a project all ready to go on food and perceptions of the environment in Japan, and then on March 11, the environment abruptly changed for the northern half of Japan, including the Tokyo area,” Bestor said. “His research on food and trust is incredibly important, not only for understanding Japan, but for informing ongoing debates about food safety and nuclear issues around the world.”As a social anthropologist, Sternsdorff Cisterna isn’t directly studying whether scientists believe that the food is safe to eat. (That task is being handled by scientists and public health officials.)Rather, he’s interested in a different aspect of food safety, just as crucial in determining what people put in their mouths and those of their loved ones: trust.The food not only has to be safe to eat, Sternsdorff Cisterna said, people have to believe it’s safe. That problem has been highlighted in a dramatic way for the farmers Sternsdorff Cisterna has met near Fukushima. They say that consumers avoid their produce, even after testing that shows the crops are safe. Farmers from nearby areas, whose produce came under the radiation plume but doesn’t bear the Fukushima name, don’t bear the same stigma.Lost 80 percent of his businessOne Fukushima farmer told Sternsdorff Cisterna that even though his produce has been shown to have no detectable levels of radiation, he still has lost 80 percent of his business. Many farms have shut down, some because they’re within the 12-mile exclusion zone the government placed around the plant, and some because of economic pressures.“I know some farmers have just given up and gotten out of the business,” Sternsdorff Cisterna said.Sternsdorff Cisterna has talked to farmers, politicians, Ministry of Health officials, members of a food co-operative, the public, and nonprofit groups such as The Society to Protect Children from Radiation. He has attended 60 to 70 “study sessions,” events common in Japan that are held to educate the public about specific topics. Because he started covering radiation issues late, Sternsdorff Cisterna said he was not only paying close attention to what people said in order to gauge their knowledge and attitudes, he was learning about radiation, too.“I was learning with them and paying attention to the kinds of questions people asked,” he said.Along the way, he began to understand the plight of the public. Every day, people had to decide what to eat based on information gleaned from authoritative sources that did not agree, with some saying there wasn’t a very large danger to the public from radiation and others saying that even a little radiation was harmful. The government, meanwhile, lowered the acceptable level of radiation in food, while at least one large grocery chain began testing food for radiation levels, Sternsdorff Cisterna said.“Safety is not a scientific question alone. There’s trust, confidence. There’s a very subjective and emotional aspect to safety,” he said. “How do people take in scientific knowledge and decide what to eat?”To be sure, many people do not appear too concerned about the issue, Sternsdorff Cisterna said, but he’s focusing his efforts on those who do.In downtown Tokyo, not far from the clamor of the Tsukiji Market, is an upscale home goods store called Catalog House, which after the nuclear disaster began selling produce for the first time, trucking it in from Fukushima to help the farmers there. The store installed a radiation detector with which consumers can test their food for radioactive iodine and two radioactive cesium isotopes to be sure that it’s safe to eat. The store even imposed stricter standards than the government did to ensure the produce was safe to eat.Assistant manager Toru Sato said in an interview that the detector isn’t just used by customers. Some store employees who grow their own vegetables bring them in for testing. He too is worried about his home, because it is in a radiation hotspot created by one of the plumes from the plant. Some of his neighbors have relocated, with one moving to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.“It’s still scary,” Sato said.Sternsdorff Cisterna said he has zeroed in on the Japanese words anzen, which means scientifically safe, and anshin, which means peace of mind. The words are linked often in communications concerning food safety. To Sternsdorff Cisterna, what’s interesting is the choices that consumers make in searching for safety and confidence in their food supply.“How do their shopping habits change? Are they buying different kinds of food? Are they cooking it in different ways? Are they avoiding certain products or not?” he asked. “How is it made to be safe again? You need to feel somewhat reassured in what you’re eating.”last_img read more

Insect-ival!

first_imgButterflies, bugs and beetles will invade the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Athens, Ga., for the annual Insect-ival.The event opens at the visitor’s center at 9:30 a.m. and event stations will remain open until 12:30 p.m. Families can enjoy discovery stations, roach and beetle races, an insect café, puppet shows and lots of live insects. Children can complete a series of activities to receive a special insect prize. Dozens of native butterflies will be released on the lawn of the International Garden at 11 a.m. Admission is $5 per person, or a maximum of $20 per family. Children under age 2 are free. The Insect-ival is sponsored by the botanical garden, the UGA Lund Club, the UGA department of entomology and the Georgia Museum of Natural History. For directions or more information, call (706) 542-6156 or go to the website www.uga.edu/botgarden.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Galactic

first_imgI spent the first four years of my life on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, an hour or so east of New Orleans.Though I left when I was four and it was been well over three decades since I have called Southern Mississippi home, it will always be, well, home. I was just there for a few days to celebrate the life of my grandmother, who recently died at the age of 94, and with each visit I am reminded that there are so many things about the Gulf Coast – the Mississippi drawl, the food, the music – that continue to resonate with me.Being in Mississippi is a reminder that I am within earshot of New Orleans, perhaps the most important musical city in America, and home to some of my favorite bands. Kermit Ruffins, The Revivalists, The Meters, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are but a few who call New Orleans home.My favorite New Orleans band, Galactic, is set to release Into The Deep this week. This newest record is yet another outstanding collection of the funky sonic gumbo that the band has become famous for during its two decades of making music together.Galactic looked both within and without while charting the course for this new release, delving deep into the band’s own history while bringing a steady string of friends and heroes to the studio to record. Featured on the record are collaborations with, among others, Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Ryan Montbleau, and JJ Grey. The end result, of course, was a record both distinctly Galactic and New Orleans, a collection of songs easily identifiable as belonging to this band while, at the same time, representing the musical mish mash that is the Galactic’s hometown.I recently caught up with guitarist Jeff Raines to chat about the new record, New Orleans eats, and how to sound like a Big Easy native.BRO – You collaborate with a number of incredible musicians on this record. How did you go about choosing the folks with whom you would work?JR – We already had working relationships with many of the artists we collaborated with on this album. Others were people we admired or thought we could do something worthwhile with. Working with Mavis Staples was a dream come true for us.BRO – I am in New Orleans for the afternoon and I am hungry. Where should I head for some quintessential New Orleans grub?JR – I would send you to Domilise’s Po-boys for the oyster shrimp po-boy. It is a New Orleans institution and a personal favorite. The muffuletta at Central Grocery is also a classic that is on my list of greatest sandwiches on the planet. It should also be noted that the muffuletta at the Donald Link lunch restaurant Butcher bucks tradition by arriving hot and is a really good modern take on the legendary sandwich.BRO – Let’s say I decide to stay for the evening. Where should I head for some live music?JR – Obviously, there are many great places to see live music in New Orleans. If you want to see some of the best local bands in the city, I would send you to the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street. If you’re here on a Tuesday, the Rebirth Brass Band plays there around eleven o’clock and it is always a great time. There are also a lot of clubs on Frenchmen Street, right outside of the French Quarter, that feature great local bands.BRO – We are featuring “Higher & Higher” on this month’s Trail Mix. How was it working with JJ Grey on this track?JR – JJ Grey is an old and great friend of Galactic and we always wanted to do a track with him. When we got the music together for that song, it seemed like something we thought he could work with. He has really come into his own as a lyricist over the years, which is not really our strength, so it seemed like a perfect fit to do this song with him.BRO – If I am heading down to The Big Easy, how should I pronounce the name of your fair city so that I sound like I am in the know? N’awlins? New Or-LEENS?JR – The only time anyone pronounces New Orleans as “New Or-leens” is when they are rhyming to another word, usually in a song. The proper way to say Orleans would be “Orlens,” like the lens of a camera.Galactic will be up north in Canada and South Dakota this weekend before heading to Japan later this month. The band returns stateside in early August, with dates in Colorado, Washington, New York, and across the Northeast on tap.For more information on tour dates, the band, or how you can grab a copy of Into The Deep, check out the band’s website. Also, be sure to check out “Higher & Higher,’ featuring JJ Grey, on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Main Beach sub-penthouse sells for $1.175 million

first_imgThe apartment offers spectacular ocean and city views. The kitchen with its ocean view. This Main Beach sub-penthouse in the Sun City resort sold for $1.175 million.A MAIN Beach sub-penthouse with spectacular views of the Coast has sold for $1.175 million.The apartment, on the 28th floor of the Sun City resort offers 270 degree views and features a combination of stone and timber finishes.There are three ensuited bedrooms as well as a wraparound balcony.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoVendors Bob and Annette Anstey moved to the Gold Coast 30 years ago from St George said living in a unit was a different experience.“We really warmed to the apartment lifestyle and I couldn’t imagine anything else now.”It has been incredibly convenient and central to everything we need.”First National Real Estate Surfers Paradise agent Russell Rollington negotiated the sale.last_img read more

Iloilo’s 2020 budget may be approved before Christmas

first_imgILOILO – The provincial government’sproposed budget of P4.080 billion for 2020 may be approved before the Christmasbreak, according to the Committee on Appropriations of the SangguniangPanlalawigan (SP). This will be sourced from collectionsand service incomes of 11 district hospitals and one provincial hospital, plussubsidy from the General Fund./PN * special purpose appropriations(P1.16 billion) * general public services (P917million) Budget hearings were faster than lastyear’s hearings for the 2019 budget, according to Oso, because capitol officescomplied with the suggestion of the Commission on Audit to be specific withtheir proposed allocations. * economic services (P482 million) Offices with the biggest budgets werethe Governor’s Office, district hospitals and Hospital Management Office. The proposed General Fund is P282.417million (9.32 percent) higher than this year’s. The allocation is broken down into thefollowing: Budget hearings for the 2020 budgetwere conducted from Nov. 7 to 12. In the proposed P4.080-billion budget,the General Fund has an allocation of P3.029 billion while for Local EconomicEnterprise (LEE), P1.060 billion. Budget hearings have been completed,according to SP member Domingo Oso, chairperson of the Committee onAppropriations. * social services (P469 million) Meanwhile, the proposed LEE fund isP209.425 million (19.74 percent) higher than this year’s. He said he may be able to present tothe committee the budget report for deliberation, and by the first week ofDecember such report may already be submitted to the plenary.last_img read more

Mo’ne Davis

first_imgMost of you know Mo’ne Davis from her exploits as a 13-year old pitcher in this years’ Little League World Series.  The Philadelphia athlete was the first girl to pitch a complete game in the LLWS.  She also threw a shutout.  This is rare for any pitcher in the series.The 5’4″ Philadelphian is the first girl to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  She was just recently named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.  She thus becomes the youngest person to accomplish this.  She beat out Lauren Hill from Lawrenceburg from Mount St. Joe University.last_img

Video: Watch George Weah, Taribo West and Co sing for Africa

first_imgFormer World best player George Weah alongside Nigeria’s Taribo West, Ibrahim Ba and other African stars plying their trade in the Italian topflight composed a song for Africa.Interestingly, during their performance of the song  Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Lima and other Serie A stars were in the building enjoying the song.Watch video:Video Playerhttps://sportinglife.ng/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/10000000_1310725245984996_1932106830700347392_n.mp400:0000:0003:43Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

DeCarlo dominates Modified main at Antioch, Jernagan continues IMCA Speedweek streak

first_imgFeature Results Modifieds – 1. Nick DeCarlo; 2. Bobby Hogge IV; 3. Robby Sawyer; 4. Danny Wagner; 5. Troy Foulger; 6. Jerry Flippo; 7. Jake Pike; 8. Ryan Daves; 9. Cody Burke; 10. Tom Smith; 11. Aaron Crowell; 12. Brian Cass; 13. Kellen Chadwick; 14. Shane DeVolder; 15. Paul Stone; 16. Jim Pettit II; 17. Trevor Fitz-Gibbon; 18. Bobby Motts; 19. Mike White; 20. Zane DeVilbiss.  Robby Sawyer set the tone early in the Modified main, quick out of the box but getting company up front as the long green flag run developed. DeCarlo hunted down Sawyer, caught him on lap six and took off from there.    Guy Ahlwardt took charge of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod field, which stayed close as a result of four cautions. After the final stoppage, on lap 18, Guy got some fast company.   Jernagan, who started ninth, got a great run and seized the lead on the 19th circuit, then pulled away and went unchecked. Forty-nine IMCA Modifieds and 39 Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods were at Antioch for the Wednesday night bout.   Ahlwardt was second and third went to Fred Ryland.  Nick DeCarlo became the third different $1,000 IMCA Modified winner in as many nights, in the California IMCA Speedweek show at Antioch Speedway. (Photo by Steve Elliott, Elliott Digital Design) DeCarlo pulled away from the lead pack after each of three restarts. Bobby Hogge IV gave chase but couldn’t quite catch the leader as DeCarlo, who lined up third on the initial grid, went on to become the third different winner in as many nights of Speedweek.   Robby Sawyer ended the race third, Danny Wagner was fourth and Jerry Flippo fifth.  The fourth round of the 2020 California Modified Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports heads to Merced Speedway on Thursday, Aug. 13. All races of the 2020 Speedweek have lap-to-lap coverage courtesy of FloRacing.  For more information be sure to visit the California Modified Speedweek Facebook page.  DeCarlo’s $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers put him on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot while Jernagan banked a third straight $750 Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner’s check.  By Stephanie Deatherage  ANTIOCH, Calif. (Aug. 12) – Nick DeCarlo became a first-time winner while the Garrett Jernagan show kept rolling on night three of California IMCA Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports at Antioch Speedway.  Northern SportMods – 1. Garrett Jernagan; 2. Guy Ahlwardt; 3. Fred Ryland; 4. Brent Curran; 5. Andrew Peckham; 6. Chase Thomas; 7. Todd Gomez; 8. Kenny Shrader; 9. Trevor Clymens; 10. Doug Hagio; 11. Tanner Thomas; 12. Andrew Pearce; 13. Mark Garner; 14. Ethan Killingsworth; 15. Jacob Haas; 16. Trevor Tiffee; 17. Sheyne Bradley; 18. Nick Spainhoward; 19. Tom Fraser; 20. Kenny Neu.last_img read more

Man arrested on exploitation charges and more

first_imgColumbus, IN— A Columbus man was arrested on felony charges after Columbus police officers received a tip Friday morning about a man sending pornographic images of a child as well as descriptions of criminal sexual acts involving a child on a social media site. Several detectives from the CPD Criminal Investigations Division were assigned to the case and began collecting evidence which led them to Nicholas Duane Hickman, 39, of Columbus. A search warrant was also served and additional evidence was seized by investigators.After detectives interviewed Hickman, he was arrested on preliminary charges of Child Exploitation, a Level 4 Felony and Sexual Battery, a Level 6 Felony. Hickman is currently being held at the Bartholomew County Jail without bond on a 48-hour hold as the investigation continues.Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600. Tips and information can be left anonymously. Indiana law requires those who suspect a child to be a victim of abuse or neglect to report it to authorities.The Department of Child Services is assisting with this case.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney: I’m playing like Scholes

first_img “When you score two goals and you give the assist to the third goal, then you are happy as the manager. He is very happy also,” Van Gaal said of Rooney. “He has the lung capacity to run 90 minutes as a midfielder that’s why I used him also like a midfielder. “I can also use him as a striker. For the team at the moment, it’s better he plays in midfield.” Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez had decent chances for Newcastle in the first half, but they could not take the lead and United made them pay once they had found their form. The Magpies only found the net in the 87th minute when Papiss Cisse scored a penalty following Phil Jones’ foul on Jack Colback. It could have been a different story had referee Michael Jones awarded the away side a spot-kick in the first half when Mata clipped Yoan Gouffran’s heels. Alan Pardew was unhappy with the decision. “The referee has got a bad call very wrong,” the Newcastle manager said. “I think that was a penalty. I think Mata’s run across the back of a player who is going to head the ball across goal. That’s a goalscoring opportunity. It was clumsy and that was a penalty.” Pardew, who has overseen four straight defeats, admitted Newcastle were not good enough to stop Rooney, Van Persie, Mata and Falcao, who looked dangerous throughout. “We need to defend better than we did today. Today we was a little bit loose,” Pardew said. Van Gaal was happy with his team’s seventh win in eight matches, but he was less than impressed by the fact that his team now have a match against Tottenham on Sunday lunch time. “With FIFA and UEFA’s rules it’s forbidden to play within 48 hours. In England, it’s okay,” the Dutchman said. “I cannot prepare my team like I have to prepare. We have unit meetings, and team meetings, we have training 11 against 11, and assimilating opponents, we cannot do that now. “But I am very pleased with today’s performance. “To create chances and score fantastic goals like this makes me happy with the performance. “We have dominated the game for 90 minutes. That’s the most important thing, to dominate, in spite of the opponents having a defensive way of playing.” Van Gaal had to do without British record signing Angel Di Maria after he was injured in training on Christmas Eve. “The pelvis is not in a right relationship with his leg,” the former Bayern Munich manager said. “I don’t think (it’s serious), but I am not a doctor.” The 29-year-old then rounded off a perfect Boxing Day afternoon with a fine long pass which Robin van Persie nodded past Jak Alnwick. Rooney believes his brace was reminiscent of the kind of performances by United hero Scholes, who scored many of his 155 United goals with well-timed runs from deep. “It’s a role that I’ve played many times and I know I can play,” Rooney said when asked about playing in the number 10 role behind Van Persie and Radamel Falcao. “The manager has given me even more licence to get forward and get into the box from that role. “As Paul (Scholes) did many times over his career, he could see the ball when it was wide and see the space and run into it – I did that today with my two goals. “It’s nice to win, nice to score goals and I’m delighted with the performance.” In the summer Rooney said he was reluctant to start playing deeper, but he has taken to the role well since being moved there by Van Gaal for the last three games. The United boss plans to keep Rooney there for some time yet, it seems. Rooney scored twice and set up the other goal in United’s 3-1 victory at Old Trafford. The United skipper, playing in midfield, timed his run from deep to perfection to turn home Falcao’s square pass and it was the same story just before the break as he ran on to Juan Mata’s through ball to double the lead. Press Association Wayne Rooney admitted there was a touch of Paul Scholes about his performance as he ran the midfield in Manchester United’s easy win over Newcastle. last_img read more