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CEO Jennifer Stone Gave The Daily Meal a Special Tasting Preview of the Top Coffee Beans From Around the World

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Demours

Demours Coffee Seeks to Change the Way America Sources Coffee

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Demours Coffee wants to change America’s and the world’s coffee-consuming experience by bringing the best of the best coffee beans from across the globe into our cups.

CEO Jennifer Stone

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Founder and CEO Jennifer Stone hand selects each batch of coffee beans. Stone visits each estate and forms relationships with the producers.

Café Privé Sélect

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Demours Café Privé Sélect is the only coffee brand that sources only the finest and rarest coffee beans around the world.

Brewed With Care

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Using the pour over method, CEO Jennifer Stone, demonstrates the ritual of brewing fine coffee to bring out the most flavor.

Exclusive Tasting

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The Daily Meal tasted coffee selections from Panama, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Coffee Accessories

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Demours sells an array of coffee accessories specifically designed to brew the optimum cup such as a scale, grinder, and pour over brewer.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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Each box of Demours coffee comes with brewing instructions and a certificate of authenticity. Only a limited number of boxes are available for each selection.


America the REPUBLIC Returns: This is How Trump Saved Our Constitutional Republic & Will Be Re-Inaugurated

“We are a Constitutional Republic,” he’ll growl with a glare and he’s right.

Or rather, we were. We got lost for awhile in a morass of incorporation, debt, wars and subtle changes in legal terminology.

Now, thanks to President Trump, we are a Constitutional Republic again. And this is the crux of why President Trump will serve as our President for the next four years.

You see, the old incorporated UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (all caps) was dissolved months ago*. The Election of 2020 was thus merely a charade and a trap designed as the final “sting” to root out the last of the traitors for conviction by military tribunal for their last despicable act of treason.

That is why Joe Biden is (supposedly) President-Elect of nothing, nowhere, no one and any oaths he may take are High Treason but nothing more.

Are you smiling, Dear Reader? Then read on!

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Neither Michael nor I are lawyers but as a writer I do know that when you hear something three or more times, you outta look into it. You’re either being brainwashed à la Goebbels or you’re being told an important truth.

Several days ago, I heard a suspiciously in-the-know, very trustworthy and unflustered Patriot state calmly that the corporation of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA had been dissolved months ago and therefore Joe Biden’s so-called “inauguration” was of no concern whatever.

But a good Journalist/Digital Soldier likes to have more than one source confirm the data before she “goes to press.”

Then this morning a Facebook friend sent me much the same info. It wasn’t identical. Similar but slightly different, which according to apologetics, is a sign of veracity.

Then a subscriber and another writer sent me the same info from completely different sources.

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As I understand it, as a corporation the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is governed by Maritime Law as indicated by the gold fringe bordering the American flag. Most people barely notice it. I didn’t. I assumed it was there for decoration. Not so!

ALL CAPS typography on legal documents such as property titles, the gold fringe on the flag…they all have legal significance for corporations under Maritime Law according to Black’s Law Dictionary. According to Michael and others, you and I are collateral for the corporation’s loans. When our mothers deliver us or bring us to “berth”, our Birth Certificate Numbers are all traded on the New York Stock Exchange as we are mere chattel under the corporation, not sovereign citizens with inalienable rights as God intended us to be.

Do you feel like screaming yet. I do! It’s all so wrong! But it explains why justice which should be based on God’s Natural Law no longer exists in America today.

Deep breath, Dear Readers. Help is at hand!

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According to the three sources I mentioned above, President Trump has dissolved* the corporation UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and returned us to our Constitutional Republic United States of America (lowercase.)

Did your heart skip a beat. Are goosebumps rising on your arms? Could it be that we’re actually free. Sovereign? No longer tax-paying chattel.

Therein lies a firm foundation for staunch patriots’ much scorned, yet justifiable belief that President Trump has the proverbial Trump Card up his sleeve. That he knows something we don’t know. That this was part of Q’s Plan and they haven’t been leading us astray. And that pathetic creature, Joseph Biden, will never become President of our restored Republic…but Donald J. Trump will!

Whatever happens on January 20th, and even my sources are divided on whether Joe Biden will or will not be allowed to take the Oath of Office, it doesn’t much matter.

Based on President Trump’s love of symbolism, historic dates and allowing his traps to be fully sprung by their intended victim, I have a hunch Joe Biden will be administered the Presidential Oath of Office by that traitor Chief Justice John Roberts, he will place his hand on the Holy Bible and he will lie like a rug by taking that solemn oath.

It won’t mean a damn thing. The nation or rather CORPORATION he thinks he’s taking control of ceased to exist months ago. Ergo Biden will be President of nothing, nowhere and no one.

But he will finally and totally be guilty of High Treason and go down in infamy and history alongside Brutus, Benedict Arnold and Judas Iscariot.

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On the contrary, our confidence in President Trump is based on his very legal, very well researched and very well executed obedience to those famous words in our beloved Declaration of Independence:

The best part is that Q and Q+ (President Trump) didn’t “alter or abolish” anything.

They restored us to our original government per that grandest of documents: The original 1776 Constitution of the United States (lowercase.)

And that is why Old Glory will no longer have a foppish gold fringe, Joe Biden will never be President of these wonderful United States of America (lowercase) and “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

* Some sources say the corporation will be dissolved on or around January 20th, 2021. Others say it has already been dissolved. (Click to Source)


Major Project Report on “STUDY ON BUYING BEHAVIOUR OF CONSUMERS FOR DIFFERENT BRANDS OF CHOCOLATES”

In this report, we began with distribution of a questionnaire to participants of a different age and profile of Delhi city. We analyze the industry profile so that we get reliable data concerning the business climate. Then we use secondary data to analyze the companies profile more deeply such as research papers. To show the calculated data of primary research we use graphs and pie charts, which is the easiest way to represent the data and are easy to understand.
This project is an extensive research on the buying behavior of consumers for different brands of chocolates. It covers facts and figures and depicts all graphs of the companies. It begins with the introduction of industries. It covers some of the major strategies adopted by the companies like their pricing policy, sales promotion and advertising policy, distribution policy etc. The project has been made interesting with the inclusion of the topics, which covers the 4P’s of marketing.
The major players in the sweet confectionary industry in India are Amul, Campo, Cadbury and Nestle. They have a cut throat competition between themselves. Whatever strategy is followed by one company, it is copied by the other to make themselves popular among the market too.
Sample of the brands were selected on the basis of their uses and noticeciability.


Amtrak is offering veteran and military member discounts

Posted On April 29, 2020 15:55:46

Veterans receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains.

Use the Fare Finder at the beginning of your search on www.amtrak.com and select ‘Military Veteran’ for each passenger as appropriate to receive the discount.

Military personnel save 10% and get ahead of the ticket line

With valid active-duty United States Armed Forces identification cards, active-duty U.S. military members, their spouses and their dependents are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most trains, including for travel on the Auto Train.

An Amtrak train at Penn Station, NYC.

Just use the Fare Finder at the beginning of your search on www.amtrak.com and select ‘Military’ for each passenger as appropriate to receive the discount.

Additionally, Amtrak supports and thanks troops by welcoming uniformed military personnel to the head of the ticket line.

  • The veteran/military discount is not valid with Saver Fares or weekday Acela trains.
  • The veteran/military discount does not apply to non-Acela Business class, First class or sleeping accommodation. Veterans can upgrade upon payment of the full accommodation charges.
  • The veteran/military discount is not valid for travel on certain Amtrak Thruway connecting services or the Canadian portion of services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.
  • The veteran/military discount may not be combined with other discount offers refer to the terms and conditions for each offer.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.

This article originally appeared on VAntage Point. Follow @DeptVetAffairs on Twitter.

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Red meat consumption and breast cancer risk Nicholas Kristof discusses his guide to becoming a global citizen Profile of Angela Diaz, MPH ’02 Update on the School’s name change Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Forum video: Legalizing marijuana Health Watch video: Boosting Ebola screening in airports

October 9, 2014
New genetic variants associated with coffee drinking Support for Medicaid strong among low-income adults Reginald Tucker-Seeley on financial well-being and health Donna Spiegelman receives Director’s Pioneer Award from NIH Postdoc appreciation day

October 2, 2014
$24 million gift to Harvard School of Public Health to establish center for nutrient, genetic, and metabolic research Cleaner air, saving lives Is butter really back? What can microbes teach us about cancer? Q&A: When lab research threatens humanity

September 25, 2014
John Quackenbush: Big Data’s Big Visionary Lessons learned on battling deadly viruses Digging for research gold in electronic medical records Student profile: Sandra Pirela, SD ’15 Video: From HSPH to the U.S. Congress: Raul Ruiz, MPH ’07 Health Reform Watch video: GOP-controlled Senate could impact 2015 ACA signups

September 18, 2014
Fall 2014 Harvard Public Health Containing Ebola Forum video: Vaccinating Children: Public Trust and Health Student profile: Michael Gilbert, SM 󈧓

September 11, 2014
HSPH receives transformational gift Rethinking public health education IOP Forum video: Ebola: Can We Avoid A Global Pandemic? From HSPH to the U.S. Congress: Leadership Lessons From an Alum Ichiro Kawachi to speak at the World Health Summit Scenes from Orientation 2014

September 4, 2014
Quality of U.S. diet shows modest improvement, but overall remains poor Undergraduates get taste of public health Outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone traced to funeral Quality missing from global health agenda

August 21, 2014
Bee colony collapse disorder, pesticides, and human health Profile of Japanese politician Mayuko Toyota, SM 󈧆 Profile of Mosepele Mosepele, SM 󈧔, a physician and researcher with the Harvard AIDS Initiative African officials and Harvard experts strategize on Ebola What is wasteful health care spending?

August 7, 2014
Massive AIDS trial seeks to bolster prevention strategy growth, size of babies worldwide remarkably similar Do women talk more than men? In memoriam: Professor Marc Roberts Zip code better predictor of health than genetic code

July 24, 2014
Hot Topics lectures: Overcoming health inequality by improving Internet access, Cost-effectiveness of childhood obesity interactions Social network project tackles obesity and diabetes Why Public Health? Tari Owi HSPH mourns members of HIV/AIDS community killed on flight MH17

July 10, 2014
Vasectomy and prostate cancer risk Bike path air quality Howard Koh to rejoin faculty Forum: Stress and health HSPH faculty among most cited in their fields Cafeteria’s new mindful eating corner

June 26, 2014
Infectious disease expert Barry Bloom on vaccine skepticism Student profile: Anubhav and Arunika Agarwal Harvard Catalyst encourages collaboration across the University

June 19, 2014
Three questions for Victor DeGruttola: What does a biostatistician do? E-cigarette use New studies on Massachusetts and national health care reform Why Public Health? Jennifer Atlas HSPH’s “Harvard Heroes” New student-led publication

June 12, 2014
Nadia Abuelezam, SD 󈧒 The Ministerial Leadership in Health Forum infection in malaria-transmitting mosquito discovered Prof. David Williams honored by MPHA

June 5, 2014
Commencement coverage Centennial symposium and portrait unveiling Strong carbon emission standards for power plants would improve air quality Why Public Health? video: Anthony Covarrubias

May 28, 2014
HIV drug resistance test earns top honors at Deans’ Challenge Student profiles: Thalia Porteny and Zachary Gerson-Nieder Forum videos: pesticides and food, delaying pregnancy Health Reform Watch: ACA will remain central in 2014 races

May 22, 2014
HSPH, Burmese students team up to improve health at refugee camp Student profile: Perrine Marcenac Bird flu experiments pose risk of accidental release Students on finalist teams in President’s Challenge Comparative effectiveness symposium Why Public Health? María Portela Martínez Centennial Moment: Our School’s past, present, and future Health Reform Watch: The economy may be hazardous to your health

May 15, 2014
Study strengthens link between neonicotinoids and collapse of bee colonies Student profile: Asare Christian High schoolers gain insight into public health careers Why Public Health? Darrell Gray, II Centennial Moment: Leading the CDC: A job fit for an HSPH graduate Health Reform Watch: Fewer deaths after MA health reform

May 8, 2014
Significant decline in deaths after Mass. health reform Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies celebrated its 50th anniversary with a symposium Department of Global Health and Population symposium Centennial Moment: Marching towards equality for women at HSPH Health Reform Watch: Confirmation for HHS nominee will spotlight Obamacare Forum video: Preventing deadly distracted driving

May 1, 2014
Harvard Public Health special report: Failing Economy, Failing Health Barbara Burleigh, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases, answers three questions about Chagas disease Increasing daily coffee consumption may reduce type 2 diabetes risk Prof. Gökhan Hotamisligil honored Students simulate international aid negotiation Voices from the Field video: Lessons from Love Canal Centennial Moment: Jeremiah Mead: Decoding how we breathe

April 24, 2014
Teach in: Saturated or Not: Does Type of Fat Matter? Strengthening health care systems a top priority for African finance ministers Insurers experiment with physician rankings Women in leadership conference Centennial Moment: The measure of a healthy life Health Reform Watch: ACA enrollment still jumping

April 17, 2014
HSPH’s Karen Brown (Office of Student Services), David Havelick (Epidemiology), Debbie Mattina (Faculty Affairs), and Bethany Maylone (Health Policy and Management) named Harvard Heroes Masculine boys, feminine girls more likely to engage in cancer risk behaviors Forum video: Thrive: A Conversation with Arianna Huffington on Redefining Success HSPH Fellowship Celebration slideshow Centennial Moment: A fierce advocate saw HIV/AIDS not just as an infection, but as an injustice Health Reform Watch: Katherine Swartz

April 10, 2014
Tom Frieden named 2014 Commencement speaker symposium on leadership during the Boston Marathon bombings Intensive course in Brazil immerses students in public health field work HSPH’s sustainability champions bring home Green Carpet Awards

April 3, 2014
‘Management by Walking Around’ programs in hospitals may do more harm than good Videos from Decision-Making: Voices From the Field and Health Reform Watch

March 27, 2014
Upcoming HSPH edX courses New map documents how genes work Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition Professor John Briscoe wins ‘Nobel Prize of water’

March 20, 2014
Genetic link between fried foods and obesity? Forum on sugar, salt, supplements Video: Universal health care in Ghana profile of environmental health student and entrepreneur Catlin Powers

March 13, 2014
Take the Stairs registration open Namibian prime minister: Inclusivity necessary for peace, development Toward an AIDS-free generation ACA this week – Under ACA, lots more patients, enough docs? Centennial moments: Public health at the threshold of the universe

March 6, 2014
Centennial Celebration with the Stars New school meal standards significantly increase fruit, vegetable consumption Younger men benefit most from surgery for localized prostate cancer K. “Vish” Viswanath honored Centennial Moment: A building designed for the needs of our students

February 27, 2014
Youth born with HIV appear at increased risk for heart disease Francesca Dominici: Noise pollution and health Centennial Moment: Dean John C. Snyder, 1954-1971

February 20, 2014
Centennial time capsule Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children Prostate cancer: Three questions for HSPH’s Lorelei Mucci Decision-Making Voices from the Field video: Ron Pollack Centennial Moment: A mother’s crusade for clean water

February 13, 2014
ACA’s impact on jobs ignites debate Interview with Ashish Jha: Fixing a broken health system Harmful, untested chemicals rife in personal care products Promoting health through pop culture Forum video: Battling drug resistant superbugs Centennial Moment: Paving the way for the polio vaccine

February 6, 2014
Mediterranean diet linked with lower heart disease risk ACA in the State of the Union Alarms sounded over growing violence against Roma in Hungary Forum video: The Science of Healthy Aging Women’s health symposium Centennial Moment Population visionary

January 30, 2014
An unhealthy digital divide: Three questions for HSPH’s Vish Viswanath Harvard Public Health magazine: Sparking innovation Forced child labor in India’s hand-made carpet industry Singapore’s health care system holds valuable lessons for U.S.

January 23, 2014
New Affordable Care Act video and website New poll on health concerns of Latino families Boosting vitamin D could reduce severity of MS Centennial Moment: Prince Mahidol

January 16, 2014
No evidence of survival advantage for overweight, obese type 2 diabetes patient Forum webcast: Living Longer and Happier Lives: The Science Behind Healthy Aging FXB Center, HHI release reports Walter Willett honored Student profile: Christina Nieves, SM ’14 Centennial Moment: Ralph Paffenbarger

January 9, 2014
New studies on Medicaid Landmark air pollution study turns 20 Resources for resolutions Big data holds big potential Centennial Moment: Shattuck House HSPH edX courses help train workers in India Alumna Anita Zaidi awarded $1 million to save children’s lives in Pakistan village Karen DeSalvo, SM 󈧆, named National Coordinator for Health IT

December 19, 2013
Healthy aging: The science of frailty and resilience Exchange program helps turn public health theory into practice Dean Frenk discusses a century of changes in public health Adaptability key to success of cohort studies

December 12, 2013
Healthy vs. unhealthy diet: $1.50 more per day Stemming child exploitation Kids not getting enough exercise in school? Experts share global health stories

December 5, 2013
Forum: Where does the healthcare law rollout stand? Eliminating health disparities between nations Human changes to ecosystems impact health HSPH experts comment on Affordable Care Act Beehives to aid research, organic landscaping Lisa Berkman testifies on economic status and mortality

November 21, 2013
Forum: Are we ready for the next pandemic? Alumni gather for Centennial weekend: Moving Up and Around Harvard: Jacque Caglia

November 14, 2013
Newly discovered mechanism suggests novel approach to prevent type 1 diabetes In biostatistics, complexity rules Epidemiology at HSPH: Celebrating an ‘adventurous discipline’ David Williams honored

November 7, 2013
Dean Julio Frenk outlines School’s new educational strategy symposium New molecular target for malaria control identified Harvard AIDS Initiative: The Movie Global health leaders share insights, hopes for future of public health Prevention a focus of U.S.-China Health Summit

October 31, 2013
Harvard School of Public Health celebrates 100 years with leaders and luminaries, story and song School launches $450 million fundraising campaign Ashish Jha, Michelle Mello, elected to Institute of Medicine Laura Kubzansky honored

October 23, 2013
HSPH Centennial celebration President’s and Dean’s Challenges announced

October 17, 2013
Protecting HIV-infected children against puberty delays Painting a picture of older Africans Forum: Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Linking TB and diabetes Student’s interest in Taiwan food scandal leads to published paper

October 10, 2013
Aircraft noise and heart problems Mobilizing next generation to reduce health care disparities Forum: The Path to Ending Child Mortality Health rights advocates gather to learn, network

September 26, 2013
In memoriam: Elif Yavuz, ScD ’13 HSPH honors Elton John for AIDS work Student lands grant to further tuberculosis control in Indonesia Video: interview with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

September 19, 2013
$12.5 million establishes Transforming Public Health Education Initiative Fund More support for colonoscopy screening Hospital readmission rates linked with quality of surgical care Video: interview with former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon Health disparities symposium

September 12, 2013
Centennial Medalists announced Forum: Why We Overeat Medicare spending debate In memoriam: Jane Weeks

September 5, 2013
Orientation HSPH Centennial Fruit and diabetes risk Harvard Humanitarian Initiative video Student Catlin Powers designs solar-powered cooker Centennial Moment: Thomas Davis

August 22, 2013
Caroline Buckee named “Innovator Under 35” Hot Topics talks on prostate cancer and gestational diabetes Centennial Moment: Roger Irving Lee

August 8, 2013
Brendan Manning promoted, James Robbins honored Video interview with Donald Hopkins, MPH 󈨊 Hot Topics talk on preventing eating disorders Centennial Moment: Martha May Elliot

July 25, 2013
Risk from skipping breakfast Drug-resistant TB Turkey fellowships for postdocs New India partnership Hot Topics talks on Medicaid expansion and reducing gun violence Centennial Moment: Donald Hopkins

July 11, 2013
Three generations of researchers explore health benefits of exercise Centennial Moment: The Six Cities Study helps clean the air and add years to thousands of lives Why Public Health? video: doctoral student Jemila Kester

June 27, 2013
What’s killing the bees? Atul Gawande’s Ariadne Labs opens new location Faculty member John Quackenbush honored Bike safety in Boston Centennial Moment: Andy Spielman vs. the deer tick

June 20, 2013
HSPH staff honored at Harvard Heroes ceremony Air pollution linked to autism Doctoral student studies link between depression and stroke Girls’ health forum Nutrition experts and food industry leaders attend “Menus of Change” summit

June 13, 2013
Students in Project Antares hope to make a difference while making a profit Health ministers from developing countries gather for leadership forum Faculty member Nancy Krieger honored Researcher Scott Evans $5.6 million for his role in antibacterial resistance research effort

June 6, 2013
HSPH students tutor local middle schoolers Student profiles Voices From the Field video series with public health leaders

May 31, 2013
Commencement coverage Student team places second in University-wide Deans’ Challenge HSPH signs Memorandum of Understanding with India’s Ministry of Health

May 23, 2013
Student profiles Change in cycle track policy needed to boost ridership, public health Centennial moment: Linda James, the first woman awarded a Harvard credential

May 16, 2013
Student profiles Future humanitarian aid workers train at disaster simulation Quan Lu receives Tashjian award High schoolers learn about public health careers

May 9, 2013
HSPH staff honored as Harvard Heroes Spring Challenge student team winners present Boston bike safety proposal at City Hall Centennial Moment: Inventing veterinary public health

May 2, 2013
Health effects of expanding Medicaid the fight against malaria Forum for African finance ministers Centennial Moment: Alonzo Yerby

April 25, 2013
Department of Global Health and Population Celebrates 50th anniversary Forum on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombings on saving lives The high cost of neglecting the world’s poorest children

April 18, 2013
HSPH faculty and alumni involved in Boston Marathon bombing response Surgical patient complications and hospital profit margins New genetic risk factors for cancer discovered

April 11, 2013
Harvard Hero nominees announced Video — A Healthier World: The Impact of Financial Aid Centennial Moment: Founder George Whipple

April 4, 2013
Retiring faculty member Marc Roberts honored Forum with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius higher omega 3 acids associated with lowered risk of premature death Centennial Moment: Founder William Sedgwick

March 28, 2013
Salt linked to heart-related deaths worldwide Budget sequestration will hurt vital healthcare functions HSPH may adapt edX courses for target audiences Centennial Moments #5 — The founders

March 21, 2013
Cesarian section and hospital choice Mother’s abuse linked to autism in child HSPH Take the Stairs campaign Laura Kubzansky promoted to professor of social and behavior sciences Centennial Moments #4 — Tracking intractable diseases

March 14, 2013
Study tracks health of women in Accra, Ghana HSPH researchers identify key mechanism in cellular growth color-coded cigarette packaging surgical masks and flu transmission nutrition collaboration in Bangalore Centennial Moments #3 — Cecil and Katherine Drinker: Lab partners, life partners

March 7, 2013
Forum video on managing stress Women’s health advocates push for new global goals tobacco control conference Centennial Moments #2 — Alice Hamilton, Harvard’s “first lady”

February 28, 2013
Celebration with the Stars obesity teach-in parents’ attitudes on childhood obesity Nevin Scrimshaw, MPH 󈧿, obituary Centennial Moments #1 — HSPH’s Day One

February 21, 2013
HSPH’s inaugural edX course draws thousands from around the globe Scale-up of HIV treatment in rural South Africa dramatically increases adult life expectancy human microbiome Voices from the Field video: Donald Berwick, former head of Centers for Medicare Dean Frenk China visit

February 14, 2013
Obesity teach-in PEPFAR symposium HSPH project at India’s Kumbh Mela gathering

February 7, 2013
TV watching linked to sperm count reduction low vitamin D linked to type 1 diabetes risk Muddy River project to affect traffic Faculty news: Joseph Brain, Katherine Baicker

January 31, 2013
Forum: Health as a Gateway to Global Development World Cancer Day bird flu research debate In Memoriam: Donald Hornig

January 24, 2013
HSPH experts comment on reducing US gun violence and on two highly publicized obesity studies checklists improve surgical safety VIDEO: Reducing school meal waste

January 17, 2013
Foods identified as whole grains not always healthy graphic cigarette warnings effective across demographic groups new Curtiva faculty data system announced

January 10, 2013
HSPH launches new website VIDEO: Forum on gun violence HSPH launching new edX course

December 20, 2012
Guns and public health new findings on mercury contamination and seafood savory cold weather side dishes

December 13, 2012
New insights on malaria parasite people worldwide living longer, sicker lives VIDEO: Forum on extreme weather in coastal cities HSPH faculty members David Christiani, Elsie Sunderland, and Adetokunbo Lucas honored

December 6, 2012
New benefit for biking commuters declining air pollution levels upcoming Forum on extreme weather in coastal cities Dean Julio Frenk and Assistant Professor Bernardo Lemos honored

November 29, 2012
New test for TB Workshop for African health ministry teams HSPH faculty members Brendan Manning, William Mair, Ashish Jha honored

November 15, 2012
HSPH alumnus Raul Ruiz wins California Congressional seat VIDEOS: HSPH experts on the election results and Harvard President Drew Faust on leadership In pursuit of clinical research career, surgeon follows in parents’ footsteps

November 8, 2012
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Commissioner Roger Goodell Author discusses battle with breast cancer at book launch Painting the big picture on a Navajo reservation

November 1, 2012
Dedicated crew kept HSPH running during Hurricane Sandy

October 25, 2012
Microbes: The good, the bad, the ugly

October 18, 2012
A conversation on leadership with Harvard President Drew Faust

October 11, 2012
Rethinking research: Biosafety for potential pandemic pathogens

October 4, 2012
New HSPH online edX course will reach worldwide audience

September 27, 2012
Postdoc Appreciation Day Forum on Women and Health Regular consumption of sugary beverages linked to increased genetic risk of obesity

September 20, 2012
New from Harvard Public Health: Public health and the U.S. economy Replacing juice with water, fruits, and vegetables in afterschool programs cuts calories Faculty appointments — Peter Berman and Majken Jensen

September 13, 2012
Home stress, work stress linked with increased smoking After 9/11, health lessons ignored Mammography screening: Does it save lives?

September 6, 2012
Breaking the cycle of undernourished mothers and low-birthweight babies Executive education program focuses on controlling airborne infections Transforming Ethiopia’s health care system from the ground up

August 23, 2012
The best diet? One you can follow HSPH researchers help Israel stamp out tobacco Researchers identify 43 top public health strategies, from better playgrounds to higher tobacco taxes Studies explore micronutrients’ effects in pregnant women and their children

August 9, 2012
HSPH’s Marc Mitchell uses mobile phones to help community health workers diagnose, treat patients Weight training linked to reduced risk of type 2 diabetes Health care system can learn from restaurant chain

July 26, 2012
HSPH’s Curtis Huttenhower honored by President Obama Students create map of toilets in Mumbai slum, aim to improve sanitation New research on expanding Medicaid, the health effects of prolonged sitting, and more.

July 12, 2012
Stories from the Spring/Summer issue of Harvard School of Public Health: Bill Hsiao and health care reform, the promise of “big data,” HSPH humanitarians on professionalizing the field

June 28, 2012
Forum on Supreme Court health care ruling Health care reform in China Summer recipes Climate change could increase number of undernourished women and children by 20 percent

June 21, 2012
Chef in school boosts healthy eating Forum video: Health Leadership Around the World Course examines health rights of women and children Nathan Eagle awarded prestigious economics prize

June 14, 2012
Human Microbiome Project identifies microbes that play role in health �% Club” celebrates with carnival-themed party Course focuses on malaria eradication

June 7, 2012
Health ministers meet for HSPH co-sponsored forum Hospitals Receive Letter Grades for Patient Safety VIDEO: Why Public Health?

May 31, 2012
Videos of Jamie Oliver at the Healthy Cup and the new Nutrition Department video shown at the event Cutter lecture Bernard Lown honored HSPH faculty teaching more undergraduate global health courses as demand grows Lagakos award recipient announced

May 25, 2012
Commencement 2012 Jamie Oliver wins Healthy Cup Award Toxic mercury, accumulating in the Arctic, springs from a hidden source Many sick Americans report financial problems, dissatisfaction with care VIDEO: Why public health?

May 17, 2012
Commencement 2012 is coming up HSPH staffers honored as Harvard Heroes Simple, low-cost checklist dramatically improves practices of health workers during childbirth Genetics of smoking and lung cancer

May 10, 2012
Some HDL, or “good” cholesterol, may not protect against heart disease New Humanitarian Academy to train disaster responders Earth Week 2012 Marianne Wessling-Resnick to direct Division of Biological Sciences

May 3, 2012
HSPH Prof. Dyann Wirth speaks in DC for World Malaria Day Obesity prevention website launches Inaugural HSPH Leadership Fellows share real-world public health policymaking expertise

April 26, 2012
HSPH Town Hall Student-Alumnae breakfast HSPH students propose cost-saving public health reforms to Massachusetts legislators as part of inaugural Spring Challenge

April 19, 2012
Positive feelings may help protect cardiovascular health Long-term air pollution exposure may increase hospitalization risk TEDx event at HSPH Relaxation response

April 12, 2012
Use of common pesticide linked to bee colony collapse Student team presents at State House Summer temperature variability may increase mortality risk for elderly with chronic disease Celebrating student support

April 5, 2012
Routine mammograms may result in significant overdiagnosis of invasive breast cancer HSPH students seek to unravel the complexities of Chagas disease Infant lungs prone to nanoparticle deposits Student team heads to the State House

March 29, 2012
Spring Challenge contestants gear up for high-stakes finale Vegetarian recipes for a Healthy Eating Plate Questioning the safety and necessity of flame retardants HSPH experts weigh in as Supreme Court debates Affordable Care Act

March 22, 2012
George Clooney praises Harvard Humanitarian Initiative students before Senate committee Health care reform: The legal battle Racial disparities in cancer mortality Upcoming Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health and Alice Hamilton Award Lecture

March 15, 2012
Nutrition studies on risks of red meat, sugary beverage consumption HSPH delegation travels to India Harvard works to investigate impact of abuses by Kony and LRA Voices from the Field speaker series

March 8, 2012
Documenting public health needs in African communities destabilized by militia violence International Women’s Day activities Students debate the legal arguments over health care reform

March 1, 2012
Social networks and volunteering linked with good health worldwide Sleep deprivation Forum Nurses’ Health Study recruiting School Innovation

February 23, 2012
Celebration with the Stars photo slideshow Alumnus Gerald Chan chosen as commencement speaker One in ten children face elevated risk of abuse, future PTSD, due to gender nonconformity

February 17, 2012
Bird flu forum Alumna produces educational video on cholera HSPH researchers led breakthroughs against polio, AIDS

February 9, 2012
Searching for answers to causes of childhood depression Whole-genome sequencing of E. coli outbreaks in Europe provides new insight into origins, spread Why do cancers strike men more than women?

February 2, 2012
Upcoming HSPH Forum: The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity Research news and interviews: Good carbs, vs bad carbs, Mass. emergency room visits, comparative effectiveness research agenda Design public health initiatives with users in mind, Dean’s Distinguished Lecture speaker says

January 26, 2012
Tablet computer ergonomics New Epidemiology Chair Michelle Williams Environmental chemicals and childhood vaccines Dietary changes before surgery recommended

January 19, 2012
Muffin makeover Upcoming Celebration with the Stars School Innovation Project launches HSPH’s “dam guy”

January 12, 2012
Stories from the Harvard Public Health Review: HSPH health economist Katherine Baicker analyzes the effects of extended coverage mHealth is mobilizing a revolution in public health New HSPH research focuses on the physical effects of grief and the health consequences of electronic cigarettes

January 5, 2012
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Director Michael VanRooyen talked to Boston Magazine about how relief workers — if their efforts aren’t properly coordinated — can sometimes do more harm than good Can brown rice slow the spread of type 2 diabetes? New leadership offerings give HSPH students hands-on practice

December 21, 2011
Fighting malaria with spermless mosquitoes Daily multivitamin is good nutrition insurance policy New evidence on how drug-resistant TB cells form Award-winning course catalog Fortune lab hosts budding scientists

December 15, 2011
Overall hospital admission rates in U.S. linked with high rates of readmission HSPH Forum: The Super Committee Collapse and America’s Health Care Future In memoriam: Mary Ellen Avery Nan Laird and Robert Blendon appointed to named professorships Indian Health Service Director, Yvette Roubideaux, MPH 󈨥, speaks to students

December 8, 2011
Rotating night shift work may increase type 2 diabetes risk in women Upcoming State of the School address Harvard Catalyst funding opportunity [email protected] conference Former President George W. Bush visits HSPH-affiliated AIDS clinic

December 1, 2011
Novel malaria research wins Gates funding Upcoming [email protected] symposium David Hemenway honored for violence prevention work Running for president in DRC, working in Chelsea and Botswana: HSPH alumni profiled

November 23, 2011
Upcoming HSPH Town Hall, Celebration with the Stars Cancer in the developing world event coverage Professors Max Essex and Frank Sacks and Lecturer Richard Cash earn lifetime achievement awards

November 17, 2011
Ministerial program in health launches Women and health symposium held Misguided school lunch move on potatoes and pizza Harvard survey Vegetable side dish suggestions for Thanksgiving

November 10, 2011
Student helps analyze consequences of raw milk distribution New University child care portal Former CDC director Julie Geberding talks leadership with students

November 3, 2011
Upcoming HSPH Town Hall, Celebration with the Stars Cancer in the developing world event coverage Professors Max Essex and Frank Sacks and Lecturer Richard Cash earn lifetime achievement awards

October 27, 2011
HSPH benefits open enrollment Upcoming HSPH town hall Symposiums honor life of Mel First, promotion of Professor Meredith Rosenthal Farm Bill Forum webcast BPA exposure in womb linked to girls’ behavioral problems Harvard TREC Center launches

October 20, 2011
Do we shrink as we grow older? Alum pens book on aging issues Farm bill Forum webcast Baicker, Gawande, Manson elected to IOM David Williams receives Leo G. Reeder Award HSPH partners with Mass. on childhood obesity prevention in New Bedford, Fitchburg Visiting Prof. Prof. Srinath Reddy on NCDs

October 13, 2011
Harvard’s 375th birthday Move over potatoes, make room for healthier school lunch Returning home, with a plan to thwart killer TB A neurosurgeon, MPH degree in hand, returns to Louisiana focused on public health Farm bill Forum webcast

October 6, 2011
From the Harvard Public Health Review: Healing child soldiers HSPH study suggests natural selection at work in certain disease-related genes In memoriam: Dade Moeller Frenk inducted into Academy of Arts and Sciences Video: Voices From the Field interview with Richard Besser

September 29, 2011
Alumni Weekend Postdoc Appreciation Day China Summit at HSPH National retiree poll Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal urges countries to move prevention to the top of their health care agenda Prof. Richard Gelber honored

September 22, 2011
HSPH awarded $20 million CDC grant to study HIV prevention in Botswana New report pegs economic toll of noncommunicable diseases at $47 trillion over next two decades Forum panel tackles controversial air pollution regulations

September 15, 2011
Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate Dean Frenk urges action on noncommunicable diseases Michael Sinclair joins Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development in the new post of director of global programs and executive director of the Ministerial Leadership Program for Health.

September 8, 2011
HSPH awarded $12 million grant to improve global maternal health 9/11 Forum webcast Associate Professors Matthew Miller and Winston Hide receive awards Inside National Health Reform by John E. McDonough released

September 1, 2011
Government-led efforts needed to curb obesity epidemic Hot Topics lecture series: Technology boosts humanitarian efforts Upcoming 9/11 Forum Nancy Kane selected winner of the 2011 ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence

August 18, 2011
Red meat linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes upcoming 9/11 Forum webcast Hubway bikes in Longwood Medical Area Hot Topics talks by Laura Kubzansky and Jack P. Shonkoff

August 4, 2011
HSPH receives major grants to reduce maternal and infant deaths in India, study obesity-cancer link Epidemiology researchers honored Summer Hot Topics series launches with talks on national health reform and the effects of location on health Joel Schwartz presents to a congressional committee on dangers of air pollution David Bloom writes about surging population forecasts

July 21, 2011
Forum webcast — ALZHEIMER’S: WHAT IS THE VALUE OF KNOWING EARLY? A View Across Five Countries New chairs of Global Health and Population, Epidemiology announced HSPH-affiliated project documents mass graves in Sudan Indonesian health minister speaks at HSPH

July 7, 2011
Study finds care disparities at small rural hospitals Nearly 350 million adults have diabetes Patient safety experts call for shorter resident physician shifts Countway Library therapy dog

June 23, 2011
U.S. Secretary of State Clinton visits Tanzania Smoking may boost risk of prostate cancer recurrence, death Kennedy Conference assesses progress in tobacco control Modest changes in diet may impact long-term weight gain Alum freed from Iranian prison thanks supporters

June 9, 2011
Can neighborhoods hurt our health? Food pyramid scrapped for imperfect plate Support for Massachusetts landmark health reform law rises in 2011

June 2, 2011
Commencement 2011 coverage From the Harvard Public Health Review — AIDS at 30: Hard Lessons and Hope New research on risks of traffic emissions and stress and multiple sclerosis.

May 26, 2011
Commencement 2011 Leadership crucial for U.S. emergency preparedness HSPH’s Connolly fighting tobacco use worldwide The dance of the cells: A minuet or a mosh? Selective abortion of girls appears common in India

May 19, 2011
HSPH’s Freedom Rider School’s new building wins University Green Award Coffee may reduce risk of lethal prostate cancer in men Tying race and stress to health Challenges of eradicating malaria outlined at World Malaria Day Program at HSPH Students, researchers display study findings at 25th annual Poster & Exhibit Day

May 12, 2011
HHI course trains future humanitarian aid workers Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at HSPH about youth violence Alum Gerald Chan speaks about the role of the private sector in public health Interview with Gökhan S. Hotamisligil his obesity research Heat waves tied to climate change could increase urban fatalities Rapid population growth poses daunting challenges for Africa Experts lay out future of health IT at PHAT conference

May 5, 2011
Attorney General Eric Holder to speak at HSPH Take new sodium study with a grain of salt Laurie Glimcher symposium HSPH alumna delivers Yerby Diversity Lecture

April 28, 2011
Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at HSPH about controlling healthcare costs Height of women in developing countries declining World Malaria Day highlights HIGH announces Burke Global Health Fellows

April 21, 2011
Women and Health Initiative new malaria research and World Malaria Day events Forum on Massachusetts health care reform with Governor Deval Patrick

April 14, 2011
Green Carpet Awards Sociedad Latina auction Walter Willett joins Boston Mayor Thomas Menino for announcement banning sugary drink sales from city property report on UN Population Fund new findings on estrogen risks South African health minister delivers Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

April 7, 2011
National Public Health Week 2011 New “Why Public Health?” student video series students simulate international aid negotiations bridging gaps in emergency response One HARVARD event

March 31, 2011
Efforts to fight cancer in the developing world highlighted in Science special issue Time magazine’s “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World” features HSPH faculty research The Triangle Factory Fire and workplace safety regulations HSPH Prof. Nancy Krieger pens new book, Epidemiology and The People’s Health: Theory and Context

March 24, 2011
HSPH Tango Club Forum: Boosting Vitamin D: Not Enough or Too Much? Brendan Manning receives Armen Tashjian, Jr., Award for Excellence in Endocrine Research Conference report–Longtail of Global Health Equity

March 17, 2011
Forum on Japan’s crises Take the Stairs competition Administrative offices move to Smith St. New findings on cell movement may have implications for cancer research

March 10, 2011
Harvard on the Move comes to Longwood HSPH awarded $8 million from EPA for air pollution research HSPH delegation visits Tanzania and Botswana nutrition, AIDS programs Video: Forum event on mammograms

March 3, 2011
HSPH’s Connolly passionate about curbing smoking worldwide PODCAST: Prostate cancer genes Research news: Health care cost-sharing global aid in a recession

February 24, 2011
Video: Human genome map 10th anniversary panel Tashjian Award lecture Podcast: Repealing health care reform law would damage potential to address racial and ethnic health inequalities

February 17, 2011
Human genome map 10th anniversary panel Dr. Gro Brundtland to be 2011 commencement speaker Research news–racial disparities in hospital readmission rates

February 10, 2011
HSPH Celebration with the Stars Research news–Obesity rises worldwide New US dietary guidelines Podcast: Air pollution hurts brain function

Febuary 3, 2011
Dean Frenk’s New Year’s address Family care programs at Harvard Dean Frenk, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon call for action to address chronic disease in developing countries Upcoming event–Alice Hamilton Award lecture

January 27, 2011
HSPH’s William Hsiao recommends single-payer health care system in Vermont health insurance reform law poll malaria eradication symposium Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health National Mentoring Month

January 20, 2011
Future of U.S. health insurance reform Video: HSPH’s Rima Rudd discusses the importance of health literacy Haiti: One year later Public health on the go Recipe: Cauliflower Tomato Soup with Indian Spices

January 14, 2011
HSPH’s David Hemenway and Mary Vriniotis discuss Arizona shooting/gun violence Harvard Public Health Review:Shrinking the effects of the obesity epidemic Excercise may lower risk of death with prostate cancer HSPH’s Jay Silverman discusses link between violence against mothers in India and child deaths

January 6, 2011
HHI collaborates on election monitoring project in Sudan Harvard Public Health Review: Happiness and health HSPH’s Atul Gawande talks health reform with NPR, Colbert Report, HSPH’s Marc Lipsitch web video on 2009 H1N1 pandemic

December 16, 2010
Forum launch: HSPH Dean Frenk and Ted Turner discuss global health challenges HSPH’s Prof. Walter Willett discusses new guidelines for vitamin D and calcium Treating depression in HIV-positive patients improves outcome

December 9, 2010
100 reasons to give Official ceremonial launch of The Forum Medical education and training reform for the 21st Century New Research: Can Medicaid successfully enroll the uninsured?

December 2, 2010
Upcoming: The official launch of The Forum at HSPH, Dec. 9 New Research: HSPH’s Tamara Awerbuch says killing deer won’t end Lyme Disease Scientists find molecular “switch” contributing to aging process Around the School- Vitamin D, are Americans getting enough?

November 24, 2010
Recipes for a healthy Thanksgiving HSPH’s S.V. Subramanian discusses the link between neighborhoods and health New research: Heavy smoking linked to criminal activity in adult children Poll finds economic downturn takes a told on health of Americans

November 18, 2010
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: IAVI President discusses encouraging progress towards AIDS vaccine Happy Harvard holidays


Clashing Underground

A view of the cavernous area that has been opened many stories below Grand Central Terminal as part of the East Side Access project.

On a recent Saturday, after weeks of planning, works crews were set to converge on a Queens train yard to continue their painstaking progress on the largest, most expensive mass-transit project in the U.S.

But hours before work was to begin, an email landed in the inboxes of three-dozen project managers and engineers. Its message: Most of the work would have to be canceled. Amtrak, which controls access to the tracks, was diverting its workers to a different job: a celebration of National Train Day.

Such abrupt shifts are only one source of the snags that have bedeviled the $8.1 billion East Side Access project as it has fallen years behind its original completion estimate of 2013.

On Monday, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are expected to again announce a new target date for completion of the project. MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said recently he thought it would be finished no sooner than 2019. The estimated cost is likely to grow along with the timeline.

Meanwhile, the inspector general of the federal Department of Transportation, which has committed nearly $2.7 billion in funding, announced last week that it would audit the project starting late this month. In the announcement, the DOT cited cost overruns and delays.


Joan T. Warren: Heart to Heart

This is the last of a five-part series on Elusive Pleasures, in which we’re exploring losses, their associated neural connections and ways to adapt to changes and renew pleasure.

In the first installment, we learned that the brain has a pleasure center, and that sensations travel along the nervous system to bring messages to the brain. The brain is a whiz at associating emotionally-charged memories (especially fear and pleasure) with sensations (such as sights, sounds and aromas). That’s why something as simple as changing the sprinkler heads in my yard could cause the pleasure response in my brain not to fire. This whole series began when I found the new sprinkler sounds detracted from the enjoyment I had sipping coffee on the back porch.

In the second post, we learned that pleasure can be associated not only to incoming sensations, but also to underlying perceptions or beliefs. Thoughts are neuronal connections too! In this segment, I examined my struggle to accept some physical impairments, and realized I had an erroneous underlying belief: that I needed to do things better than others to feel good. I wondered: Can change in underlying beliefs restore pleasure?

In the third installment of the series, we explored how important pleasure is in life, and how making new connections in our brains can create the experience of pleasure. We realized the best new connections happen inside our brains. The principle, “neurons that fire together, wire together” suggests that if we repeatedly pair one sensation or movement with another, we not only enhance their function, but eventually, we create an automatic response. We tried this by picking something that makes us feel good and pairing it with a new sensation or movement –then practicing it regularly, so the two become automatically associated. If you did your homework, you likely found that when you experience the sensation you paired with your pleasurable activity, your brain eventually delivered that pleasure response! We also learned that adding physical exercise to pleasurable thoughts increased those neuronal connections.

In the fourth installment, we learned ten brain exercises to improve our pleasure responses. We found that learning new things, doing routine things differently, running (or other strenuous exercise) and even foods, probiotics and experiencing orgasm can all strengthen our neuronal connections for pleasure.

In this segment, we’ll look more in depth at ways we can establish long-term neuronal connections that can really make the difference in adjusting to major life changes.

This is the part where we learn how to dig in and make changes in our erroneous underlying thoughts and beliefs.

Maybe you’re familiar with some of the basic developmental and psychological concepts of our day, like the idea that there are stages of development that include trust vs. mistrust, and autonomy vs. shame and guilt (Erikson), or the idea that there’s an hierarchy of psychological stability and growth, and the base or foundation is safety and security (Maslow).

Well, here’s the thing: During those early years of development, we learned whether or not we felt safe in our world. We learned who was safe, and who was not. We learned what it took to get attention. We learned whether others saw us as good or not. We decided what we thought of ourselves. We made plenty of associations. Our brains built a foundation during those formative years, a foundation that functioned automatically once established.

It was in those years, for example, that my brain got a firm hold on the erroneous belief that outshining my siblings and peers was good. That belief didn’t seem wrong when I was a child! At the time, it was a reliable method to get attention and affirmation, which made me feel good. I was a kid in a large, dysfunctional family. All kids need attention and affirmation. They’ll do whatever it takes. As I grew, the practice of getting pleasure by outshining others started to feel wrong. Selfish. Self-centered. And yes, I got shamed for it. “She thinks she’s better than everybody else.” “Goody-two shoes.” By the end of elementary school, I’d lost friends for it. As a teen, I left off the goody-two-shoes behavior to replace it with the attention and affection of my peers. I cared less for my parents’ admiration.

As a young adult, I learned about Maslow and his assertion that the highest level of human development is a self-actualized person who can give selflessly to help others. Subconsciously wanting to be the best, I focused my energy on helping others. I thought I had squelched that self-centered need for attention. Yet that function continued, on auto-pilot, in the recesses of my mind. I helped others while still feeling needy on the inside. I became a co-dependent helping professional. When I realized my codependency, I learned I had a faulty foundation, laid in my early years. It didn’t seem fair. I didn’t want to live my life paying the price for what happened when I was a child. I had tried my best to eradicate self-centeredness from my life, without success.

I sought God’s help. Admitting my failure, I asked Him to replace those faulty layers with a solid foundation. Much to my relief, I found that God is in the business of renewing minds. He was happy to help me, as though He were saying, “Ah, now you’re asking the right questions, my dear.” Together, we embarked on that journey.

Thanks to DenesiaChristine at Instagram

It’s been decades since that journey began. At first it was a deeply emotional and difficult journey for me, as I found many very painful memories buried in the recesses of my mind. It consumed much time and energy. It was like feeling my way through a dark, cold, rocky and jagged mountain range, with fog all around and no map to direct me. I had no idea how long it would take or what it would entail. I relied on God for each step and hold as I pulled myself along the craggy way, clinging to the rock.

Thanks to DenesiaChristine at Instagram

The journey led to a beautiful land of rolling hills and rich soil. The sun’s warm rays consumed the fog and the way became easier. I found a little garden to tend. It was the garden of my heart. Beautiful new growth promised a life of health and security.

Any remaining faulty beliefs occasionally sent shoots into this garden, but maintenance was as easy as pulling weedy tendrils from soft, moist ground.

For many years, I didn’t realize that even my strong desire for God to renew me came from my faulty foundation. I didn’t realize I wanted Him to change me because I didn’t think I’d be good enough, or feel good, unless He did.

I found out along the way, though, that He knew all along. His grace covered me with love no matter how faulty my foundations were. His heart as Holy Father looked past all that I tried to accomplish to win His love, and showed me He just loved me, period. He loved me whether I worked on myself or not. He loved me whether I served Him or not. He loved me whether I had a perfect childhood or not. He loved me whether I was mad at Him for all that had happened, or not. He just loved me. Period.

That love is what transforms me to this day.

So what have I learned about replacing erroneous beliefs?

First: The most amazing miracles are those that take place inside the human mind.

Just before Jesus took off to send the Holy Spirit our way, he told his disciples they would perform greater miracles than he did. What could be greater than healing the sick, raising the dead, and feeding thousands on a few loaves and fish? Transforming human beings from the inside out. Our brains are formed and functioning early in life. Those early neuronal connections operate on auto-pilot, behind the scenes. Changing a person’s deeply-rooted beliefs and processes is nothing short of a miracle. It’s the biggest miracle of all!

Second: It’s a cooperative effort you do your part and ask Him to do His.

Someone once told me, “God is a gentleman. He’s not going to barge in where he’s not been invited.” It’s true! We can’t expect God to go digging in and changing things all around if we don’t invite Him in to do the work. Once He’s been invited, He’s not going to just snap His fingers and make it so. He’s not Mary Poppins. He prefers to work with us. He’s more interested in the relationship we build as we work together on this common goal. He won’t force us. He won’t push us. He will, however, be with us as we examine our thoughts, feelings and associated memories, and present them to Him. Our task is to turn our finger from pointing at and blaming others to the courageous work of self-examination. What did I feel? What did I think? What did I do? What shall I do now? He will perform the miracle of comforting us when we realize the wounds we covered with whatever we had at the time. He will apply the miraculous balm of weeping with us through the memories of lonely times, hurtful words or actions. He will share with us how He was there all along, longing to take action to change the situation, but having to hold to His conviction of giving mankind free will. He will whisper beautiful truths that electrify our neuronal connections, replacing things like, “I’m no good,” with things like, “I am very dear to my Father God.” He will reach into our thorny hearts and pull the roots of the many weeds, without damaging the good that is there. He will take faulty beliefs like, “I have to outshine others to get your attention,” to the realization that He cares for all of us, and maybe especially the lost, the lonely and the oppressed. Yes, it’s a cooperative effort with a miraculous Holy Spirit working inside our physical minds. It’s the most amazing miracle of all, and we (as disciples) get to be a part of it!

Third: It takes time, but is worth the effort.

Just as we’ve learned in the last four installments in this series, creating new neuronal connections for pleasure takes repetition and practice, along with activities, exercise and engaging our senses. Working along with God, it takes time to mature. He relates to us as the Holy Father we need, consistently reaching out with pure love to hold us every time we struggle and look to Him. He relates to us as the Friend and Brother we need, stepping in to talk with us when we’re confused, standing up to our foes for us and even taking upon Himself the consequences of our own mistakes and failures. He relates to us as the Holy Spirit we need, charging our thoughts and hearts with powerful energy that lights up our darkness and changes our outlook, empowering us to love and forgive others and ourselves. The relationships we build with God, ourselves and others through this process of remodeling our neuronal connections results in a life of immeasurable peace, unexpected patience and generosity of spirit toward others. How could that not be worth the effort?

So now, more than a year after the first installment in this series, when new sprinklers in my garden disrupted my sense of pleasure, you must be wondering how that turned out.

The pleasure is back! I look forward to hearing the gentle wisps of water now. In fact, I much prefer this sound to the more violent splays of the old sprinklers. Brewing coffee into my favorite mug, I hurry to the garden to make it in time for the music of this water dance in my back yard. It’s gentle enough that the birds stay through the cycles now, adding their song to the symphony as they gather the bits of seeds and dried fruit the squirrels didn’t steal.

And the aging thing? I feel much better in my skin now. It’s okay with me that I’m not what I used to be. It’s okay with me that others can do things better. It turns out I actually really enjoy seeing them outperform me! I’m the grandma who pretends to race as fast as I can, beating my granddaughter to her room as we prepare her for bedtime, but am delighted to watch the youngster zoom by me every time. I delight in hearing my students come up with ideas that far surpass my own. I’m learning to pace myself because I’ve been learning how loved I am, just as I am. I’m learning to call on others to take their place where I leave off, because it’s good for them. I’ve found that by not trying to do it all myself, I now recognize the amazing abilities of those around me. How good it is for them to be able to rise to their fullest potential. How silly it was of me to think I had to do it all.

There’s no need to spend our lives unhappy. Pleasure is a good thing. There’s no need to feel guilty about wanting pleasure! There’s no reason to think we’re stuck with the hand dealt, or that others have to change, or things have to change, to make us happy. We can reclaim, remodel and transform elusive pleasures. We have the power to transform our brains from the inside out. It may take some work, but the result is amazing. Oh, yes, it’s worth it. So let’s get to it!

“You will show me the path of life in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11, AMPC


French and Arabic are the country’s two official languages. About 94% of residents adhere to Islam.

Djibouti is strategically located near some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. It serves as a key refuelling and transshipment center, and is the principal maritime port for imports from and exports to neighboring Ethiopia. The nation is the site of various foreign military bases, including Camp Lemonnier.

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Leg 2 from Lisbon to Capetown. Completed.

Good morning to all of you. It is Monday 27th of November 2017. Cyber Monday for USA people. The last Monday of November for the rest of the world. Let me share with you the wrap-up video from Volvo Ocean Race Website:

Today I will finish my strategy race about segmentation topics. Even though segmentation is always delegated to the marketing division in your company, or it is outsourced to marketing companies, I considered important for you to know the basics of segmentation. As a CEO or founder of your company, it is really important we can see segmentation as a key part of our business. Effective segmentation is not only about classifying, tagging and grouping customers according to a need or want. If you get involved in segmentation, it is well possible you will distinguish the nature of the decision-making and will foresee further opportunities to pursue them. There are often opportunities to target specific people which many times are dismissed because the owner doesn´t get involved directly in the segmentation process.

Market segments are not fixed. Instead, continual opportunities for creating new profitable segments are being all the time opened by changes in the industry, changes in the environment and new knowledge. There is a dynamic flow of information from our environment, from our customers. People change. Generation needs are different. When in recession or financial crisis, as it has happened recently, the companies have to adapt to those economic limitations. When in booming or rising economies, there is new customer needs to be attended. At the moment new knowledge and technologies offer new opportunities to meet these needs. The potential profit and growth opportunities that these new technologies represent has a huge impact on our old business models and the old ways of doing things. It is crucial to look for new ways to segment markets particularly with the IoT.

WhatsApp was incorporated in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!.

The Internet of Things is new for all of us on the quotidian basis, even though the internet has been around for more than 2 decades. Think to please: how many of us had instant messaging as WhatsApp in our mobiles before the year 2010?

Brian Acton, Jan Koum. Former Owners of WhatsApp Source: Forbes.com

Probably no one. Why? Because this technology was not available as a mobile application at that time for us. But since the mobile started to be seen as an internet tool, the world changed. Actually, many applications can be downloaded into our phones. Before and for years our mobile was used just to make phone calls and send little SMS. Later instant messaging evolved to become the application called “WhatsApp”, and now many people are using the mobile for digital payments, etc.

Internet of Things or IoT will bring new opportunities for segmentation, new customers, and it will increase many business possibilities as the market evolves. Creating new segments which add new customers or trade up current ones is a regular strategy pursued by conscious CEOs or founders. Any business needs to evolve.

IoT has come to stay in our world. “Although around 20% of advanced-technology companies already have integrated digital capabilities some years ago, the same cannot be said for traditional companies in other, more conventional businesses, such as industrial goods or artisan companies. IoT is certainly an important source of growth for technology companies for less technology-centric companies, it can be utterly transformative”. And for the end consumers, it will be also a challenge. “The IoT’s early innovators, who have grappled with mixed overall demand, a lack of consistent standards, lack of regulatory framework, weak cyber-security measures, and other challenges, would agree that their road has been difficult” to this day. Well as you may be guessed by now, I truly enjoy seeing how the human being has evolved over time. I am fascinated with these things. I will dedicate some tour over Cape Town break to share about IoT and the challenges for all of us (from the point of view of consumers, and from the point of view of the businesses, industry and government agencies). This topic will be a bonus material for our coming days sailing race.

Now let´s wrap up our Leg 2. When leaving Lisbon on the 5th of November, we had an outline to cover.

We started with the first theme: Segmentation Customer Markets. We had the chance to cover each of the outline topics with detailed information and examples. We saw the psychological processes affecting consumer behavior and went through the customer decision making process. We understood explicitly why to segment markets: for a better matching of customer needs, enhanced profits, enhanced opportunities for growth, retention of customers, targeted communications and stimulation of innovation. We also saw the most common profilers used in consumer market segmentation as follows: geographic, demographic, psychographic and behavioral. Finally, we closed Theme 1 with the topic of segmentation criteria: To be a strategic tool, a segmentation scheme should meet five criteria: effective, identifiable, profitable, accessible and actionable.

On November 15th, we also started with the second theme 2: Intra-Industry Segmentation Analysis and Business-Government Segmentation.

We covered the concepts and basics of organizational buying, the buying decision process in businesses, the “buying center” purpose and how it works in general terms. We also sailed through the Strategic Groups and Industry Competitor Analysis or Competitive Intelligence.

Cisco Trust Sec Segmentation

Our Leg 2 has concentrated largely on the buying behavior of profit-seeking companies. But all the concepts and basics can be applied to the buying practices of institutional and government organizations. The only topic left is the Institutional-Government Segmentation. I will sail into it today, in this precise closure Leg 2 post. So far so good, institutional and Government Segmentation is an extensive topic as much as the rest we have seen over Leg 2. I believe it is a topic that can take me a whole new Leg to write about because I have seen several examples all over the world of how the government agencies do the buying process and each country has its buying procedures which are more or less good, and more or less inconvenient. In Government Buying Procedures the key is transparency because any government is using our taxes and international cooperation funds to buy their inputs. If you are interested to learn and dig deeper about this theme, do not hesitate to contact me for updated details.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Pharmacy, Santa Barbara, CA

The institutional market consists of schools, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, elder care organizations and children aid entities. There are many institutions that must provide goods and services to people in their care. Many of these organizations are characterized by low budgets and captive clienteles. For example, hospitals must decide about suppliers when considering new equipment, medical inputs, medicines and good quality of food to buy for patients. The buying objective here is not profit. The hospital purchasing agent must search for institutional vendors whose quality meets or exceeds a certain minimum standard and whose prices are low (without sacrificing the quality).

Okenshields Dining Room, Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University.

In fact, many vendors set up a separate sales division to follow institutional buyers’ special needs and characteristics. Food companies produce, package, and price their offer differently to meet the requirements of hospitals, colleges, and prisons. In consequence, institutional entities also require best practices and supply chain management procedures. In the case of the government, these public organizations are a major buyer of goods and services. They typically require suppliers to submit bids and often award the contract to the lowest bidder. In some cases, they will make allowance for superior quality or a reputation for completing contracts on time. Governments also buy on a negotiated contract basis, primarily in complex projects with major R&D costs and risks and those where there is little competition.

Children Care Buying Process

Because their spending decisions are subject to public review, government organizations require considerable paperwork from suppliers, who often complain about bureaucracy, regulations, decision-making delays, and frequent shifts in procurement staff. From the point of view of Government entities, transparency in buying decisions is a key success factor. Governments must provide would-be suppliers with detailed guidelines describing how to sell and bid. Failure to follow the guidelines or to fill out forms and contracts correctly can create a legal nightmare. It is imperative for Governments to simplify the contracting procedures in order to make bidding more attractive. The Internet has helped a lot to vendors in order to eliminate massive paperwork recently. In the USA, purchasing is being done online via web-based forms, digital signatures, and electronic procurement cards.

Europe’s e-government opportunity. Source: McKinsey.

Several federal agencies that act as purchasing agents for the rest of the government have launched Web-based catalogs that allow direct links between buyers and contract suppliers. A good starting point for any work with the U.S. government is the System for Award Management, which collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of agency acquisitions. In spite of these reforms, for a number of reasons many companies all over the world that sell to the government do not have a marketing orientation in place.

All right, we have finished Theme 2. Remember the Social Media Segmentation (Theme 3) has been deferred to Leg 4, and I hope you will enjoy it soon.

Conclusion Leg 2

Let´s conclude with Professor Peter Doyle words: “Capitalizing on market opportunities requires several steps. First, it requires segmenting the heterogenous markets open in the ocean to all the firms. Some of those markets are already very competitive, and others are not even created. We need to understand the needs of the potential markets in which we will be able to be more profitable.

Segmentation is the key to marketing specialists who work with the CEO or Founder of the company. Why? Because segmentation offers the firm the chance to meet customer needs more effectively and so build sales growth and profits. Market segments are not static but offer continual opportunities for innovation and creativity. The key task of the management in competitive markets is to create a sustainable differential advantage to attract these choices”. “Buyers for government organizations tend to require a great deal of paperwork from their vendors and to favor open bidding and domestic companies. Suppliers must be prepared to adapt their offers to the special needs and procedures found in institutional and government markets”.

Thank you. We will continue working for you during the Volvo Ocean Race Break in Cape Town. Blessings!


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