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A dipteran from south of the Antarctic Circle: Belgica antarctica (Chironomidae) with a description of its larva

Belgica antarctica Jacobs is recorded for the first time from two localities south of the Antarctic circle: Orford Cliff (66°55’S) on the Continental mainland and the Refuge Islands (68°21’S). The larva is described, and measurements of head capsule lengths indicate four instars. The larvae south of the Antarctic circle appear to be slightly smaller than those from within the main distributional range. Belgica antarctica is certainly the earth’s southernmost free‐living holometabolous insect, but the flea Glaciopsyllus antarcticus has been recorded 14 minutes of latitude farther south than the southernmost records of B. antarctica.


WNBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesBy LESLEY MESSER and CARSON BLACKWELDER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — To his countless fans, Kobe Bryant was a larger-than-life basketball star with an Academy Award and burgeoning career in the entertainment industry.But to his friends and family, the late L.A. Laker was also a doting father to four daughters, a romantic husband to his longtime love, Vanessa, and a devoted friend.Days before what would have been Bryant’s 42nd birthday, WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Sabrina Ionescu remembered Bryant — nicknamed “Black Mamba” for his drive and laser focus — as someone who pushed himself and everyone around him to be better.“There was just this constant fire that was burning,” Taurasi told Good Morning America. “I think he was trying to give people that hope that if you have a passion and you have this burning desire to be really good at [something], whatever it is, you can get there. That’s what he gave me.”“He saw greatness in you even if you didn’t see it yourself,” added Ionescu. “Kobe was special.”Bryant was killed alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, and seven others when the helicopter in which they were traveling crashed on Jan. 26. At the time, the group was en route to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy, now called Sports Academy, for a game. Gigi Bryant dreamed of playing professional basketball like her father, and he was teaching her everything he knew, Taurasi recalled. Women’s sports in general were something he always championed, she said.“He was doing it before it really became popular to do it. I mean, he was doing in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. He was at every single one of our games,” Taurasi recalled. “When he was coaching [Gigi’s team] … he was tuned in like it was just as important as coaching an NBA Finals.”“He’s actually putting in effort and energy and time which, when you think about a guy like Kobe, you don’t have a lot of that,” she continued. “I think he looked at it as a challenge that, hopefully, Gigi can make it to that level one day.”In honor of Bryant’s birthday on Aug. 23, and Kobe Bryant Day on Aug. 24 (Bryant’s numbers were 8 and 24), Taurasi, whom Bryant affectionately called “White Mamba,” spoke to GMA”about her friend and his legacy.“He was a guy that had so much to give,” she said. “There was so much more he was going to do. He was going to open so many doors for so many people, different avenues to give people opportunity, and that’s all you can ask for.”Ionescu compiled her thoughts in a personal essay for Good Morning America, below.The impact Kobe had on basketball is far greater than anyone had thought to be possible. Kobe not only motivated and inspired people to be the best they could be, he showed them how to be the best. Through his work ethic, his desire to be the best in anything and everything and his “Mamba mentality,” he was the best role model those can be. He saw greatness in you even if you didn’t see it yourself, and if you were so lucky to be one of the individuals that he mentored and invested his time in, you know exactly how magical his mentorship was: something that is indescribable, and purely unlike any other. That was Kobe: magical.He meant everything to women’s basketball, the way he invested his time and energy in the game was unlike any other. It’s because he knew Gigi would be the future one day and he knew he had to do his part and advocate for equality. He wanted to be the very best he could: the best husband, father, player and coach. If people, especially “girl dads,” want to live out his legacy, they’d better support women’s sports.No matter what it was, Kobe was going to win. The way he’s impacted the world, and is now able to have more and more people supporting the W, is a testament to the impact that he still has today.Kobe was special, and magical to say the least. His impact in this world will forever be felt, because his legacy still lives on through so many of us.Kobe and Gigi are looking down on us smiling.Miss you guys more than anything.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img August 24, 2020 /Sports News – National WNBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryantlast_img read more


Home buying barriers frustrate 1.7m tenants

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Home buying barriers frustrate 1.7m tenants previous nextHousing MarketHome buying barriers frustrate 1.7m tenantsA third of private renters spend longer waiting to get on the property ladder than planned.The Negotiator20th January 20160803 Views One in three private tenants has put their plans to buy on hold and remained in rented accommodation longer than planned, according to Experian research.Home ownership has been considered an integral part of ‘The British Dream’ for generations, yet Experian’s survey of nearly 1,500 private tenants in the UK suggests 1,655,680 tenants are frustrated first-time buyers.18 per cent private tenants don’t believe they would be accepted for a mortgage so feel renting is their only option, while 10 per cent have struggled to raise a deposit, delaying their plans to buy. A further five per cent have had to prolong their time renting as they’ve been held up in securing a mortgage.Despite making regular payments for their housing, private tenants don’t see this reflected on their credit report in the same way mortgage payers do. To help them get a mortgage, access finance or prove their identity online, Experian has developed the Rental Exchange.Experian’s Jonathan Westley (left) said, “Many would-be first-time buyers face the challenge of saving for a deposit on a home while paying rent each month. While our research also shows that a significant amount of people are happy to rent in the long-term, whether it’s because they enjoy a good relationship with their landlord or the flexibility of rented accommodation.“Yet the rent paid by tenants isn’t reflected on credit reports in the same way homeowners benefit from making regular mortgage payments. By adding this data through the Rental Exchange, people aiming to buy can build a stronger credit history to help them get a more competitive mortgage rate, while long-term renters can prove their identity when they apply for online services.”A quarter of those surveyed intend to buy a home sooner rather than later. Nine per cent are currently saving for a deposit and believe they will buy within the next 18 months, while 16 per cent think they need two-five years to build up the required deposit. A third of private tenants are content to rent.For further information visit: experian.co.uk/rental-exchangehome buying private tenants Experian Experian research first-time buyers January 20, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more


Purchasing and Contracts Director

first_imgDo you have prior experience in Higher Education?YesNo Documents Needed To ApplyRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterTranscripts (unofficial)References (3-5 with contact information)Optional Documents What is the highest level of education attained?GEDHigh School DiplomaAssociates DegreeBachelors DegreeMasters DegreePHD Posting DetailsPosition TitlePurchasing and Contracts DirectorJob DescriptionThe Director of Purchasing and Contracts has primary responsibilityfor supervising the operations of the purchasing department;ensuring adherence to all federal and state regulations andstatutes; negotiating, evaluating and executing purchase orders andcontracts; analysis of major bids; maintaining the approval queuesystem for requisitions; overseeing the procurement card system anddeveloping and ensuring adherence to university bidding process aswell as regulatory policies and procedures.ESSENTIAL DUTIES• Supervises purchasing employees• Negotiate and execute purchase orders or vendor contracts asneeded to support critical business needs and evaluate vendors andbids to ensure compliance with regulatory and MWSU policies andprocedures for the procurement of goods.• Develops new programs and oversees implementation of softwareupdates, maintains purchasing system and assists in providingadvice, instructions, and training in the use of the system.Manages and oversees the set up and maintenance of the requisitionapproval queue system.• Oversees Procurement Card Program, and initiates online monthlyACH transfers for procurement card.• Works with purchasing and campus individuals on budget andencumbrance problems. Responsible for maintaining and developingwritten policies and procedures and training MWSU employees onthose policies and procedures.• Coordinates the initiation, publication, and opening of MWSU bidswith the purchasing manager. Ensuring all bonding, insurance andwage rate information is included. Handles all labor disputes thathave been filed with the State of Missouri for constructionbids.• Prepares and analyzes financial data for various MWSUprojects.• Responsible for ensuring all encumbrances have been reviewed atyear end. Responsible for working with Accounting Services toensure auxiliary encumbrances, prepays and fixed assets areaccounted for properly at year end.• Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.Required Qualifications• Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related business field and aminimum of five years’ progressively responsible experience in apurchasing related field required. Minimum 3 years’ experience withspreadsheet and data processing, as well as supervision ofsubordinates; or, an equivalent combination of education andexperience sufficient to successfully perform the essential dutiesof the job such as those listed above.Preferred Qualifications• Master’s degree in related field• Prior State or University experience in purchasingpreferredPhysical Demands• Sedentary Work• Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or anegligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry,push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs aresedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionallyand all other sedentary criteria are met.FLSAExemptAdditional DemandsKNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES• GAAP• Computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, onlinebanking, and computerized accounting systems (Banner)• Purchasing and payment procedures• Basic accounting and recordkeeping systems• State bidding requirements and procedures• Supervision/Leadership of a team• Analysis• Strong Oral and Written Communication• Ability to identify processes needing improvement, and torecommend improvements• Ability to handle multiple priorities, with awareness ofdeadlines• Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interactionwith colleagues and the publicHours of WorkM-F 8:00am – 4:30pmPosting NumberS117POpen Date11/17/2020Priority DeadlineOpen Until FilledYesSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).center_img Do you have previous experience as a supervisor or manager?YesNo How many years of experience do you have in this type ofposition?0-11-33-55-77+last_img read more


JRAC Presents 2 Criminal Reform Bills To House Committee

first_imgJRAC Presents 2 Criminal Reform Bills To House CommitteeOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comAs Indiana’s criminal justice system continues to roll out legislatively mandated reforms, members of the Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council are working with legislators to implement changes that will benefit both law enforcement and offenders.Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, appeared before the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee Wednesday alongside Indiana judicial leaders to present two bills brought to him by JRAC. The first bill, House Bill 1349, creates data reporting guidelines for groups and programs that receive funds approved by JRAC and appropriated through the Indiana Department of Correction.Previously, only county community corrections programs were required to report to JRAC and the DOC on the progress of their offender and treatment supervision services, Dave Powell, executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council and a JRAC member, told the committee. But as criminal code reform continues to expand and funds are distributed to other programs aimed at reducing recidivism rates, Powell said the new reporting requirements are needed to even the playing field and require all groups that receive DOC funds to report on progress.HB 1349 lists a bevy of required data, including the total number of participants in particular treatment of supervision programs, the percentage of those participants who successfully complete their programs, the percentage of participants who returned to the DOC after completing their programs and other requirements.“We all want to be held accountable and want the best public safety system possible,” Powell said. “This is a start.”JRAC’s second bill, House Bill 1010, also authored by Steuerwald, would ease up on some of the restrictions that prohibit Level 6 felons from being committed to the DOC. Under current Indiana law, Level 6 felons cannot be sent to the DOC unless their sentence, probation or parole was revoked as a result of a conviction on a new criminal offense.However, Larry Landis, a JRAC member and head of the Indiana Public Defender Council, told committee members that the requirement for a new offense was neither in the interest of legal officials who would have to go through the process of securing another conviction, nor of offenders who would have to add another conviction to their records. Thus, HB 1010 removes the requirement of the commission of a second offense in order to send a Level 6 offender to the DOC.Further, current Indiana law only allows an offender to be sent to the DOC if they have two consecutive sentences for Level 6 felonies. Offenders with consecutive sentences on Level 6 and Level 5 or higher felonies could not be sent to the state, which Landis said was not the actual intent of the legislative reform.Finally, HB 1010 would allow Level 6 felons to be moved out of county jails and into the DOC if their sentences are enhanced as habitual offenders or vehicular substance offenders. Many offenders often want to be moved out of county jails and into the DOC, Landis said, because they are given more freedoms under state supervision.Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Mount Vernon, asked Landis if the ease on the restrictions would help combat county jail overcrowding. Both Landis and Steuerwald agreed that the reforms might provide some relief to county jails, but not a significant amount.Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Indianapolis, noted during committee discussion that the intent of the restrictions on Level 6 felons in the DOC was not to “warehouse” all of them in county jails, but instead to promote local efforts to expanding and improving community corrections and other local anti-recidivism programs.Both bills passed the committee unanimously.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Mayor Sacco Leads Guttenberg St. Patrick’s Day Parade

first_imgBeginning at 68th Street and Madison Street at a little past 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, the procession zigzagged through the streets of Guttenberg, ending up on Park Avenue, where a stage was set up outside Wild Rover Pub near 71st Street. Sean Kerrigan, owner of the Wild Rover, was named Guttenberg Businessman of the Year.Photos by Art Schwartz 1 / 27    2 / 27    3 / 27    4 / 27    5 / 27    6 / 27    7 / 27    8 / 27    9 / 27    10 / 27    11 / 27    12 / 27    13 / 27    14 / 27    15 / 27    16 / 27    17 / 27    18 / 27    19 / 27    20 / 27    21 / 27    22 / 27    23 / 27    24 / 27    25 / 27    26 / 27    27 / 27  ❮ ❯ ×  1 / 27    2 / 27    3 / 27    4 / 27    5 / 27    6 / 27    7 / 27    8 / 27    9 / 27    10 / 27    11 / 27    12 / 27    13 / 27    14 / 27    15 / 27    16 / 27    17 / 27    18 / 27    19 / 27    20 / 27    21 / 27    22 / 27    23 / 27    24 / 27    25 / 27    26 / 27    27 / 27  ❮ ❯center_img Mayor Nicholas Sacco was among the distinguished guests invited to lead Guttenberg’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Party. Joining him were Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, Hudson County Schools of Technology Board Secretary Joseph Muniz, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt and the entire town council, and other local and regional dignitaries.Bagpipers and a police color guard led the parade, along with the parade’s grand marshal, popular 74-year-old Guttenberg resident Thomasena Fantry. Following behind were a large crowd of local residents and a cavalcade of vehicles from Guttenberg, North Hudson Regional Fire Department, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies.last_img read more


Transparency data: DHSC: spending over £500: July 2020

first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care publishes details of all spending over £500 using an electronic purchasing card solution (ePCS) on a monthly basis. The ePCS has replaced the government procurement card (GPC).last_img


Benny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s Paradise On New Podcast Episode

first_imgOur Inside Out WTNS podcast series returns with its third “Tweener” episode, which focuses on the rapidly approaching Fool’s Paradise extravaganza. This episode includes interviews with festival promoter Paul Levine, as well as performers Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce and Tom Hamilton of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.Levine discusses how the seeds of the festival’s location were planted when an Umphrey’s McGee festival (which also featured Lettuce) was moved from a civil war fort to the idyllic St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, FL two years ago. He talks about his career as a promoter, about working with Lettuce to curate the festival (“we’ve always enjoyed working together… doing things to promote and advance funk music”), and about an excursion which this year will be offered to Fool’s Paradise attendees (“you can go on a boat for a couple hours and have wine and beer with some of the guys from Lettuce”).Then a portion of Seth Weiner and Rob Turner’s interview with Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce (originally broadcast live on Cloud Nine’s Facebook page) from last fall’s Lockn’ Festival enters the episode. Bloom talks about meeting, then playing with Lettuce for the first time, “I remember going to the gig….and they are walking out of an elevator…and I say, ‘what’s up Ryan [Zoidis, Lettuce sax ace] hey, what are we playing?’ and he was like, ‘I dunno, gimme a sec,’ and then they all just left, and no setlist.” Bloom talks about how he would quickly become a key part of the band and assume the trumpet role full-time, and about why he particularly enjoys playing for the funk/jam band world, saying, “a lot of these fans in this scene… are musicians… that’s why it’s really great to play for these particular kind of fans.” The key role Boston’s Berklee College of Music played with regard to Lettuce’s formation, and to his own personal development, is examined – and he tells of how he bonded with Lettuce members over the fact that, like him, they had at one time run the house band at Boston’s uber-legendary Wally’s Cafe.The dynamic Tom Hamilton, who will be performing with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at this year’s Fool’s Paradise, steps up to the plate next and talks about the boundless spontaneity of the band. “We have never once spoken about an improvised section, ever,” he says.  The band can launch into full ensemble improvisation at any time, and this is perhaps the most compelling thing about that unit musically. He also compares what its like playing in a band with the drummer as the “Point Man” in Almost Dead to being the “Point Man” himself in Billy and The Kids, the ensemble with the Dead’s own Bill Kreutzmann.Hamilton also digs into the Grateful Dead culture, talking about the tempo debate and critiques that come from playing with members of the Grateful Dead, “I guarantee you for every person that thinks what I’m doing is okay, there’s 40 other people that are like, ‘he’s a piece of shit.’ It doesn’t matter. I don’t care. That’s just the way it is.” However, he reveals himself to be strikingly less tolerant of the people who were vocal with their suspicions about the intentions behind the Grateful Dead band members’ decision to have their Fare The Well event last year, saying of the Core Four, “They sacrificed more for our joy than most people that have ever listened to their music. They sacrificed their personal lives, friendships, marriages…they’ve had friends die because of this fucking job.” The entire Hamilton interview is included in Episode 20 of Inside Out WTNS.Listen to the new episode, streaming below.This will be the last “Tweener” episode until a special one featuring Jason Crosby is released on April 19th, however, the main episodes will keep coming, starting next Wednesday when Jeremy Salken and Dominic Lalli join in the Inside Out WTNS pageantry.The long-running Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast brings you a fresh take on the music scene by combining behind-the-scenes and fan perspectives. Each episode features engaging interviews with your favorite artists and insightful commentary from genre veterans sprinkled with comedy. For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud or their page on iTunes. You can also email the Podcast ([email protected]) to submit feedback that may be read on future episodes!Don’t miss Lettuce and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at the upcoming Fool’s Pardise in St. Augustine, FL on March 31 & April 1. They’ll be playing alongside The Motet, The Floozies, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large. Find out more information here.last_img read more


Defining themselves

first_imgTwo daguerreotypes, acquired by the Harvard Art Museum’s Department of Photographs in 2008 from a local dealer, offer viewers a glimpse at the world’s earliest form of photography, while delivering an important social statement about race in America.Nestled in a small space reserved for new acquisitions and light-sensitive objects on the fourth floor of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the three-quarter-length images are portraits of an African-American man and a woman. The unidentified subjects, captured by an unknown artist, are middle-aged and dressed in formal, 19th century attire.The daguerreotypes, measuring roughly 4 by 5 inches, were likely taken in the 1840s or ’50s in an urban setting such as New York, Philadelphia, or Boston, their accompanying text says.The distinguished appearance of the man and woman sets them apart from some other daguerreotypes of black subjects of the period, in particular part of a collection housed at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Looking back into the camera, the two sitters reflect a sense of strength, social standing, and, perhaps most significantly, independence.Harvard’s extensive collection of more than 3,500 daguerreotypes is located in museums, libraries, and archives across the University. Developed in France in the 1830s, the daguerreotype was the first photographic process, and resulted in a unique image on a silver-covered copper plate.The works include portraits of many famous men and women. A well-known selection of daguerreotypes at Harvard’s Peabody Museum, compiled by scientist and nature historian Louis Agassiz, shows a number of South Carolina slaves.“We wanted to have some representations of African Americans from that time period that could serve as a counter to the J.T. Zealy daguerreotypes at the Peabody, which are images of slaves commissioned by Louis Agassiz in the mid-19th century,” said Michelle Lamunière, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum.“These two daguerreotypes are commissioned portraits by the sitters, as opposed to works commissioned by a scientist who was attempting to prove theories of polygenesis, which is what the Zealy daguerreotypes were.” Polygenesis is the since-discredited notion that racial differences were the result of humans descending from different ancestors.What is important about the two new images, added Lamunière, is the way in which they are used for self-representation. During that era, she noted, African Americans often used photographs as a tool to counter racist stereotypes that were proliferating in print formats, such as sheet music illustrations and Currier and Ives lithographs. “Daguerreotypes,” she said, “offered the sitters a chance to negotiate between how society defined them and how they wanted to be defined themselves.”The works will be on display through at least mid-February. For more information, visit http://www.harvardartmuseum.org/calendar.last_img read more


At ground zero in coastal Japan

first_imgIn the days after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, aid streamed in from the outside world — from robots and search dogs to fire crews and radiation experts. Still, the island nation has routinely declined offers of foreign medical aid, citing language barriers and its already robust disaster-relief infrastructure.But there was one exception. Three Harvard emergency medicine physicians joined forces within a day of the disaster, and by March 14 were in northern Japan to help.Their way overseas was eased by the Tokushukai Medical Corp., a major health-sector company. One of its executives is the father of Alisa Suzuki Han, a radiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Two members of the ad-hoc team were Japanese. The third, N. Stuart Harris, was American.The team, said Harris, was the only one of American-trained doctors on the scene. With him were Takashi Shiga of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Kohei Hasegawa, a resident of the Harvard-affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (MGH/BWH).The Harvard doctors – thanks to colleagues at home covering their shifts – spent about a week in the field. They came back with tales of devastation, resilience, and hope. They also returned with one strong message: Pay attention to the real story.The radiation crisis has captured recent headlines, they said, but the eyes of the world should be on the primary disaster zone. In coastal northern Japan, as many as 25,000 people have died, and many survivors are still suffering from shock and privation.Shiga, who grew up near Tokyo, had visited the lush, forested area and its postcard-pretty islands as a tourist. But when he returned, he found a region seemingly “attacked by a bomb,” he said. “Entire small cities [are] gone.”Takashi Shiga, an attending physician from Massachusetts General Hospital, grew up near Tokyo and had visited the lush, forested area and its postcard-pretty islands as a tourist. But when he returned, he found a region seemingly “attacked by a bomb,” he said. Photo courtesy of Takashi ShigaAn attending physician at MGH, Shiga is also doing a fellowship at Harvard Medical School (HMS) on medical simulation. In that work, he uses specialty mannequins — which blink, have vital signs, and seem to breathe — to teach students about the emotions and uncertainties of real emergencies. When the fellowship is done in August, Shiga plans to return to help in northeastern Japan.The 43-year-old Harris had spent two years in the same area (in Iwate Prefecture) right after college, teaching English in public schools. His primary base was in Iwaizumi, eight miles from the coast. But he also taught in the seaside fishing village of Tanohata, which was scoured into rubble.The three Harvard doctors were posted to Kesennuma, a city ravaged by a rushing wall of water that Harris estimated reached 30 feet tall. The city heights, which are at about 2,000 feet, survived damage, but a broad peninsular plain at sea level was swept clean of houses and small factories. “Things were gone,” said Harris, who traversed the plain to deliver medical care. Left behind, he said, were 8-ton forklifts and concrete trucks, scattered like toys, and at least one deep-sea fishing vessel perched on a broken road.But what the tsunami failed to remove was the quiet reserve, good humor, and resilience of the coastal Japanese.Harris walked the plain one day with a 70-year-old man working for the Japanese Red Cross Society. They passed a patch of flattened concrete. “That was my house,” the man said, and walked on.Harris treated an 84-year-old woman for chest pain. “I’m fine,” she kept saying. But she had lost a daughter and a grandchild to the incursive, penetrating sea.Shiga treated a woman who when the tsunami struck ran toward higher ground with her family, chased by a wall of rushing water. “She turned around, and she was the only one” left, said Shiga.“Why am I living?” she asked him. “Maybe I am living because I can pray for the rest of my family.”The stoical reserve of his patients ran deep, said Shiga. “Unless I asked, they didn’t disclose.”The Harvard team set up in a Kesennuma middle school, where 500 homeless residents slept on cots in the gymnasium, and a few hundred more bunked in empty classrooms. Most were “the very old and the very young,” said Harris, an indicator of the worrisome demographic issues that predated the tsunami. (Before the disaster, a third of Kesennuma’s 73,000 residents were over 65.)The doctors and others established a primary care center and a makeshift emergency room in what was once the school nurse’s office. At night, they slept on the floor of an adjoining conference room — a motley scrum of local nurses, doctors, and public health workers.There was no running water, no power, limited fuel for heating and cooking, and only a satellite phone for communication. “I have been a lot more comfortable sitting on a glacier at 14,000 feet,” said Harris, a veteran outdoorsman and chief of the Division of Wilderness Medicine at HMS.They ate two meals daily, cobbled together in the school kitchen by volunteers. There was always rice, and usually miso soup with tofu or daikon radish.Harris had brought warm clothes, water purification tabs, a sleeping bag, and a week’s worth of PowerBars. “The last thing you want to do,” he said of disaster zones, “is show up and make demands on limited local resources.”Wilderness medicine has a lot to offer in disaster situations — a fact not fully appreciated yet in medical circles, said Harris. It’s the practice of “resource-limited medicine under austere conditions,” he said. “It was useful to have that background.”Harris packed for the week like he was going on a frigid, high-altitude expedition to a mountainous region that he already knew was called “the Tibet of Japan.”The landscape included both reminders of the disaster and reminders that life goes on. When Harris first flew into Tokyo, he quickly went to a staging point downtown (“where I felt my first earthquake,” he said), and soon was trying to get some sleep in the back of an ambulance, one of the only class of vehicles with free passage from the military on the earthquake-disrupted roads leading north. Snow fell steadily. The surrounding countryside was untouched by the coastal devastation.Harris alighted in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture. The dark, the snow, and the thought of the breached nuclear plants at Fukushima just to the south “cast a pall over things for the week,” said Harris, who developed his powers of observation at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned an M.F.A. before deciding to attend medical school. He compared devastated coastal Japan to scenes from Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel “The Road.”Shiga and Harris discussed the low-key emergency medicine they practiced in Kesennuma. The crush injuries of a common earthquake were largely absent, or those that suffered them were already dead, and swept away. There were cuts, sprains, and soft-tissue injuries, but also the chronic illnesses that primary care doctors normally treat. Local doctors’ offices were gone, said Harris, so the ad-hoc medical team also dealt with blood pressure issues, diabetes, and kidney disease. Before long, 42 patients in need of dialysis were evacuated.Another Boston-area specialist on hand was Japanese-born nurse practitioner Nahoko Harada, a pre-doctoral fellow and research assistant at Boston College. Her Facebook page now has a photo of the medical team in Japan, along with a button that reads “Pray for Japan.”Nahoko Harada, a Japanese-born nurse practitioner and Boston College pre-doctoral fellow, on a medical round in Kesennuma.Shiga treated patients who were cold, sleepless, constipated, or who had minor injuries. In many ways, medical care wasn’t the main point, he said. “Mainly we were there to show them the world is interested in helping them, [to] bring hope to them. That was our main mission.”Kesennuma was Shiga’s first brush with disaster medicine. He learned a powerful lesson right away. “Disaster relief is not only [about] trying to deal with trauma,” he said of responders. “We need to get there so people can maintain their hope.” Bedside visit In the Buddhist temple in Kesennuma — a temporary hospital after the disaster — an elderly man lies down, suffering without his medications. To the far left is Harvard-affiliated emergency physician Takashi Shiga. To the far right is Japanese-born nurse practitioner Nahoko Harada, a pre-doctoral fellow at Boston College. Mayday A wrecked fishing vessel, swept inland by the tsunami, perches on a roadway on a sea-level peninsula in Kesennuma. Before the disaster this fishing center was the shark fin capital of Japan. Making do The gymnasium of a middle school in Kesennuma, where 500 residents made homeless by the tsunami bedded down every night. The school nurse’s office was the site of a temporary emergency room and clinic. Diving into the wreck Mud, trash, and wrecked houses were swept a mile inland by the tsunami that struck Kesennuma and a swath of coastal Japan. Nearby, a Buddhist temple stood untouched. It was on land a mere foot higher in elevation.center_img Mission Japan Lifesavers Nahoko Harada (from left), Kohei Hasegawa, Takashi Shiga, city resident (and kitchen organizer) Shota Miura, and N. Stuart Harris stand outside the Kesennuma middle school that housed an ad-hoc emergency clinic. Helping hand A 70-year-old Kesennuma resident, volunteering with the Japanese Red Cross Society, hefts two medical kits while accompanying a Harvard physician on a medical round on the sea-level plain scoured by the tsunami. The man had just passed the remains of his own house.last_img read more